Teachers Teaching On Call
TTOC Committee Chair: Vacant
Welcome to your place on the VEAES website, VEAES TTOCs! Visit often to keep yourself up-to-date on TTOC-relevant issues.
VEAES invites you to join the Teachers Teaching on Call Committee and/or attend meetings, held once a month from 4-5:30 pm.
Terms of Reference for the Teachers Teaching On Call Committee
a. To advise, consult and advocate for TTOCs
b. To support communications with TTOCs
c. To advise the VESTA Executive Committee on matters relating to TTOCs and make
recommendations for support.
d. To carry out work assigned by the executive committee.
2019 Jan 29 Exec
2021 Jan 26 Exec
2020-2021 TTOC Year-End Report
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,
Get Informed and Involved
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 VEAES 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 VEAES
Some of our future goals that we need your help to achieve include:
- Improve communications between TTOCs and between TTOCs and VEAES
- 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.
VEAES Bulletin Boards
Each school has a bulletin board dedicated to VEAES TTOC information (usually in the staff room). When special TTOC events are advertised, VEAES Staff Reps at each school will post flyers on these bulletin boards. Scan the VEAES bulletin board regularly to catch special TTOC announcements.
Mail Outs and Phone Calls
Make sure that the VEAES 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.