Teachers Teaching On Call

TTOC Committee Chair: Vacant

 

Welcome to your place on the VESTA website, VESTA TTOCs! Visit often to keep yourself up-to-date on TTOC-relevant issues.
The TTOC Committee meet one Thursday per month from 4:00-5:30.

The Terms of Reference of the Teachers Teaching On Call Committee

  • To advise, consult, advocate for TTOCs
  • To support communications with TTOCs
  • To advise the VESTA Executive Committee on matters relating to TTOCs and make recommendations for support
  • To carry out work assigned by the executive committee

2020-2021 TTOC Year-End Report

The beginning of the 2020/21 school year brought much uncertainty for TTOCs in terms of their Health & Safety. The TTOC Committee worked diligently to address these issues throughout the year and brought many motions forward to the Executive Committee to help increase access to Health & Safety provisions being provided to contract teachers, as well as advocating for paid Health & Safety training on an annual basis.

Another issue for TTOCs this year was redirections – being sent to another site, sometimes after already beginning the day in a classroom. This is difficult at any time, but during a pandemic, this was extremely hard on TTOC mental health. At times, when TTOCs have refused redirections, they were blocked from working that day. The TTOC Committee motions around limiting the amount of redirections that the employer can request of a TTOC on a monthly basis, as well as the data tracking the amount of redirections and how often each TTOC was redirected, were passed by our Executive Committee.

Most of the issues TTOCs have been facing boil down to lack of communication. We are often left out of important messaging from our employer and have to rely on our colleagues to pass this information on to us. This has been an ongoing problem that the committee has been working on for the past few years. While we have seen some improvement, we will continue to bring motions forward until we consistently receive the information provided to our contract colleagues.

We want to thank the Executive Committee for their support and our Table Officers, who have brought these issues forward to the employer. As well to our fellow members, who showed true solidarity by passing a motion at a Staff Rep Assembly to prioritize TTOCs in the district’s vaccine rollout plan, when TTOCs had been left off the list. VESTA has shown time and time again their ongoing support for TTOCs, making us feel valued and heard.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the TTOC Committee,

Vanessa Lefebvre
TTOC Committee

Get Informed and Involved

The TTOC Committee is always seeking new members! We welcome all TTOCs to attend the monthly TTOC Committee meetings. Whether you have an issue to discuss, want to learn more about upcoming plans, or would just like to hear what other TTOCs are up to, we would love for you to join in. The meetings are casual and friendly and are held at the VESTA office. Our list of accomplishments shows that the TTOC Committee has been able to win many successes for all TTOCs in Vancouver. As you can see in the list of future goals, there is still much to fight for. The TTOC Committee cannot do it alone. Depending on how much time you can spare, feel free to just drop by one meeting or volunteer to contribute on a long-term basis. There are many ways you can help out.

Accomplishments

We have proved that TTOCs are not voiceless or powerless in this district. We can make changes if we ask for them and if we work together.

  • EI Workshop
  • More flexible SEMS profile system
  • TTOC representative at Metro West Zone meeting.
  • Presentation to board of trustees regarding plight of TTOCs.
  • TTOC Year-End Social
  • Regular monthly TTOC Committee meetings
  • TTOC page on the VESTA web site

The VESTA Executive has also been strongly supportive of TTOCs. Beyond the regular support they provide to the TTOC Committee, they have also offered:

  • A $1000 professional development fund for TTOCs
  • TTOC professional development workshops at VESTA

Goals

Some of our future goals that we need your help to achieve include:

  • Improve communications between TTOCs and between TTOCs and VESTA
  • Abolishing the three-year time limit regarding retention of E status
  • Affordable extended health benefits for TTOCs
  • More professional development opportunities and funds for TTOCs
  • Resource centre for access to teaching resources, photocopiers, etc.
  • Standardizing pertinent TTOC information in classrooms, i.e., TTOC folders, emergency kits, teacher expectations, etc.

VESTA Bulletin Boards

Each school has a bulletin board dedicated to VESTA TTOC information (usually in the staff room). When special TTOC events are advertised, VESTA Staff Reps at each school will post flyers on these bulletin boards. Scan the VESTA bulletin board regularly to catch special TTOC announcements.

Mail Outs and Phone Calls

Make sure that the VESTA office has your current email and mailing addresses and your home phone number. Mail outs such as the VESTA News and TOC newsletters are occasionally sent. In special situations, messages may be relayed by phone.

At the VESTA office

There is always a VESTA executive member in the office happy to answer your questions. The best way to contact a VESTA executive member is by e-mail.

Remember to visit this page often to keep up to date on TTOC-relevant issues. Please tell your TTOC colleagues about this site and encourage them to get informed and involved.

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