Cumberland Local

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Government's Glaze Report wants to remove all Teachers with Administrative Responsibilities from their Union.
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding this topic:
How will teaching vice principals and teaching principals be accommodated in removing them from the Union?

When asked this question, Dr. Avis Glaze did not have an answer. Minister Zach Churchill does not have an answer. The government has accepted these recommendations without the support of research or evidence.

We will continue to support all of our teachers with administrative responsibilities to remain in the Union following the well-researched fact that the collegial model is better for teachers and students.

Who will represent teachers with administrative responsibilities in bargaining?

This recommendation does not allow for a new union for administrators, only an association. This translates that the interests of the administrators will rest solely with the employer.

Who will represent teachers with administrative responsibilities should they face discipline?

As non-unionized employees, the administrators will be on “their own” in cases of conflict with the employer.

Will I be able to transfer back into a teaching position should I want to?

Once a teacher opts to leave the NSTU they will no longer be able to transition back into teaching unless hired as a new teacher. Teachers with administrative responsibilities will have to make the final decision to remain as a teacher or leave as an administrator.

Will I have to work during the summers, March Break and other holidays?

This is unknown as the Minister has not communicated a plan or framework for implementing this recommendation.

Do most teachers unions in Canada have their teachers with administrative responsibilities outside the teachers union?

No! Seven provinces and three territories have their administrators within the union. Alberta and Saskatchewan pulled back from this action upon study and research of other jurisdictions.

Will it be business as usual at our schools if administrators come out of the NSTU?

No, in provinces where teachers with administrative responsibilities have been removed from the union, there has been an increase in conflict – a greater number of grievances, greater financial and human costs for grievances and poor school climate. There is a more rigid and confrontational application of the agreement by both sides.



Sunday, February 4th, 2018

Good evening Cumberland Local members,
I just wanted to remind all members of the regional meetings that are scheduled for this week. These meetings are crucial for ALL teachers and administrators. If you are able to attend I suggest you do so. Make no mistake... this situation is dire. I know you all ready know this but this is much worse than what we went through last year.
Our PE member, Wade VanSnick, has already sent information to you around the NSTU's plan of action. As you know, they cannot share everything right now but they will as soon as they can.
With you in solidarity,
Chris Weeks
Cumberland Local President

The following 'NSTU Reality Check' instalment was sent to members through email on Friday. Please feel free to use these these points when communicating with other teachers, friends, parents...

Government's Acceptance of the Glaze Report The Nova Scotia Teachers Union is gravely concerned with Government's complete acceptance of the awed Avis Glaze Report. The Report is not based on evidence or research but simply mirrors the 2015 Minister's Action Plan. Government has announced its intention to implement the entire report and the Nova Scotia House of Assembly has been recalled to sit on February 27, 2018, to introduce legislation to make changes. Most of the recommendations will disrupt our current system, bring division to our schools divide and distract from the real problems members face every day. Following is a brie ng note on three recommendations that will negatively impact your professional lives and your professional voice.
Teachers with Administrative Responsibilities Removed from NSTU:
This is BAD for our Administrators:
• They would no longer maintain protections under the Collective Agreements like: seniority, union representation, job security, surplus rights, ability to return to the classroom, length of school year, leaves, and severance to name a few.
• They would no longer maintain NSTU benefits like Insurance, Medical, Counseling, CarePath, Re- silience, Professional Development, and pre-retirement seminars to name a few.
This is BAD for our entire Membership:
• Currently Administrators have the right to return to the classroom; there is the potential to create chaos in our already troubled system if this occurs on mass.
• The move away from a collegial model in other jurisdictions generated an increase in conflict resulting in a greater number of grievances, further burdening a fragile system.
The Creation of a "College of Educators":
• Glaze is advocating for substantial representation in the "College" from business, labour, industry and others such as parent groups and community organizations.
• The "College" would potentially nullify many current standards such as: Just Cause, Union Rep- resentation, Grievance Process, and rights of the Falsely Accused to name a few.
• Members accused of misconduct by the "College" will likely have the details of the accusation and ruling posted publically.
• Ontario is the only jurisdiction in Canada with a "College of Teachers", teachers pay many man- datory fees including an annual fee to maintain certi cation. Legal Fees of the "College" may be borne by the accused member.
• Matters of discipline and certification are currently dealt with by the Department or School BoardsMore "Mobility and Choice to Work in any Region":
• Seniority is currently calculated diffently from Board to Board with some Boards including Term service where others do not. This will result in winners and losers based on an individual's originating school board.
• Would the employer have increased ability to move educators between regions based on program need or surplus?
• Negotiate or legislate? Recent events would suggest this will be imposed on teachers with parameters set by the government.
We want to impress upon you the importance of doing whatever you can to get informed about what is happening in our Union with regard to the #GlazeReport and the early sitting of the legislature on Feb. 27th. That might mean attending the meeting, talking to members who did, getting information from Cumberland Local and the NSTU webmail, or following much of this on your reputable sources on social media.


_The Cumberland Local enjoyed a session with representatives from our Board prior to our monthly executive meeting on January 9, 2018. Everyone had an opportunity to share their backgrounds, experiences and roles in their positions. The Local would like to thank our Superintendent of Schools Gary Adams, Board Chair Trudy Thompson, Board member David Myles and President of RTO Lawry MacLeod for attending this meeting.


The Local would like to congratulate Colleen Gainham and Heather Janes Pederson on receiving a grant from the Board of Directors of the Sheonoroil Foundation. Their successful applications have resulted in West Highlands School being awarded the grant to fund their project, "Peace in our Playground" and Spring Street Academy will use theirs towards their "SSA Peaceful Playground". Way to go ladies!



This Code of Ethics is a guide to members in maintaining at all times the high traditions integrity of their profession including professional conduct in relation to all communication whether verbal, written or via social media.



The Cumberland Local would like to congratulate Nancy Tucker who received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Music Teachers Association during the October Conference Day. Pictured with Nancy are NSMEA Executive members Keli Brewer and Donalda Westcott.


Our VP of PD, Angela Blenkhorn, attended the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour 49th Convention in Halifax on November 5-8th. This marks an historic event, as the NSTU sent its first ever delegation to this convention.

Liette Doucet and Damien Hall were chosen as VP's for the NSFL.


The Local executive joined Liette Doucet, Angela Murray, Christine Caudle president of CEHL, Jennifer Dickinson and Barrie Doyle from NSCC for a dinner meeting this evening.


Member Engagement 2017 gathering at King Pin Bowling Alley in Amherst, NS. NSTU President, Liette Doucet joined us from Halifax.


Council of the Local, October 2017

Members enjoyed a turkey dinner while gathering information to take back to their sites.



Elections were held tonight at the AGM. Results are as follows:
President: Chris Weeks
1st Vice President : Lindsay Crossman Wheaton
Vice President-Communications: Tammy Goode Harrison
Vice President-Professional Development: Angela Blenkhorn
Vice President-Public Affairs/Public Relations: Holly MacDonald
Secretary: Jen Field
Treasurer: Sharon Midwinter
Member-At-Large: Jennifer Hines
Provincial Executive Member: Wade Van Snick

CRRC Member-At-Large: Hope Lemoine
Resolutions Chair: Andrea Arseneau
Nominations Chair: Sharon Midwinter
Education Week Committee Member (Board Committee, Provincial mandate): Angela Blenkhorn
Excellence in Teaching Committee (Board Committee): Tammy Goode Harrison

A vote was also held and it was decided, by the members, that a $200 donation will be made, in honor of our Memorial Fund, to the Amherst Food Network.




Cumberland Local thanks the Town of Amherst, NS and the Cumberland PRIDE Committee for organizing today's PRIDE parade. What a wonderful celebration of our diversity and humanity. Thanks to all Cumberland Local Nova Scotia Teachers Union members who were able to join us.


The Cumberland Local would like to announce our new Local President for Cumberland Local is Chris Weeks. We are very pleased to have Chris take on this new role in our local and we know he will do a great job.


The AGM, originally scheduled for May 23rd, is postponed to June 13th. It will be held at Breakfast At Brittany's for 4:15 (meal) and meeting commences at 4:30pm.


Congratulations to Cumberland Local members, Greg Nix and Pamela Hoar, Local Service

Award recipients at Annual Council 2017. Thank you so much for your contributions

to our union.


Some other highlights from Annual Council 2017



#TuesdayMorning "...we reject Bill 75 and we have not gone away!" Each Tuesday, we encourage our members to wear black. Word from the NSTU is that members can use the Strike signs during the election campaign. So, use them if you've got them! I've got extra if you'd like one :-)


In honour of all that NSTU members do for their students, their families, and the larger school board family, the CCRSB and NSTU hosted an evening of recognition and appreciation on May 2, 2017 in Truro. Several local members and the Cumberland Local executive attended on behalf of those members who could not attend.



The Shenoroil Directors (with speaker Zac Crouse) from the "Getting Better Together" conference held in April 2017. We've heard this was a phenomenal conference.







Wonderful turn out at our Council of the Local meeting this evening. Thanks to all the reps who volunteer their time to help keep their colleagues informed as well as communicate concerns on their behalf. Great questions and conversation tonight. :)






Friday, February 17th, 2017

Our Cumberland Local members united for this historical moment of job action calling for respect of teachers and of unions. In solidarity we stand! #NSTUnited We are NSTU proud!!


Could you please let any staff member who may have a son or daughter who wishes to apply for the Cumberland Local NSTU Bursary know that the new form will be sent to Guidance Counselors at all high schools in Cumberland  soon. The form is now available on our Cumberland Local website.
All applications must be submitted on this year's form, and postmarked by April 21st, 2017.



A new Facebook page has been created.  I have sent out some friend request and erge members to spread the word.  Look us up at





Strike FAQ can be found 


The Teachers Plus Credit Union has put out a flyer on

Benefits to you as a Teacher. click on the link for further information:



The Cumberland Local celebrated Member Engagement Day 2016 through an active evening of bowling.

Thanks to all who were able to "spare" the time to "strike" up a conversation with colleagues and enjoy

the fun and laughter.  We hope this event was "right up your alley"! ;)


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Meetings will be held at Breakfast at Britany's unless stated otherwise.

Meal 4:15 - 4:30 all NSTU members are invited to all meetings


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