QPAT negotiates the working conditions stipulated in the provincial agreement for teaching staff working in the nine English-language school boards as well as the Littoral School Board. QPAT negotiates in cartel with the Fédération des syndicats de l’enseignement (FSE).
QPAT informs, supports and develops training tools for the representatives of its ten different local unions, especially in matters related to the interpretation and application of the collective agreement.
QPAT is responsible for the processing of grievances and arbitration where there is disagreement between the local union and the school board on the interpretation and application of different working conditions provided for in the collective agreement.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the different types of contracts?
A: Teachers can be granted different types of contracts:
Full-time contract: The contract that leads to tenure is a full-time contract, and a teacher in this position is considered on tenure track. These contracts are renewed automatically.
Part-time contract: The part-time contract is granted to teachers who are working part of the week and/or part of the school year.
Replacement contract: This contract is for the replacement of another teacher, perhaps due to a parental leave or other leave.
Casual supply teacher: This is when a teacher works as a replacement for another teacher without having a contract.
There are other types of employment opportunities for teachers entering the profession. For additional information regarding the different types of teachers and contracts, as well as how the recall list works in your school board, please contact your local union. Note that it is advisable to check with your local union before signing your contract because contracts are binding.
Q: What is a my workload ?
A: The specifications regarding a teacher’s workload are stipulated in chapter 8 of the provincial collective agreement which includes teaching, supervision, and time given to attend meetings for all teachers in our system. The workload varies depending on several factors such as the sector you are teaching in, and the percentage of your contract. Contact your local union for any clarifications regarding your workload.
Q: How are seniority and experience calculated?
A: These two are often confused but are different concepts.
Seniority is the period of employment under contract that a teacher has had with the school board.
Experience (i.e., your total teaching experience) serves for salary purposes. The amount a teacher is paid is based upon where a teacher falls on the salary scale.
Your education will be evaluated and expressed in terms of years of schooling (scolarity). This, along with teaching experience, will determine your place on the salary scale.
Q: How is my salary calculated?
A: A teacher receives 26 pays extended over the summer months if under a full-time contract (contract that is automatically renewed). However, if the contract is a part-time contract (one which ends), the amount that would have been paid over the summer will be paid in one lump sum when the contract comes to an end.
Q: What are the deductions from my pay cheque? (26 pay periods)
A: RREGOP (Pension), QPP (Pension), QPIP (Parental Insurance), EI (Employment Insurance), Union Dues, Insurance premiums (Industrial Alliance): Health, Life, Dental (EMSB only), Long-term Disability, Provincial Income Tax, Federal Income Tax.
It is your responsibility to provide your school board with all documents attesting to your previous experience and your level of schooling; this includes official transcripts. By doing this, you will ensure that you are being paid the correct salary.