Chronically Ill Teachers Have More Financial Security Than Before
TORONTO, Dec. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Under the new Short-term Leave and
Disability Plan (STLDP), teachers will have more financial security
then ever if they are facing illness and need to be off work.
Negotiated into the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the Ontario
English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) signed with the
government, the STLDP allows for teachers to receive income replacement
for 130 days annually.
Under previous provisions, teachers could bank unused sick days, which
they could draw on later if they incurred a serious illness. Typically,
the longer a teacher worked, the larger the sick leave bank. However,
once the banked sick days were used, teachers were left without a
guarantee of income for whatever remaining time off they needed.
Additionally, teachers with chronic or recurring illness who needed to
use their sick days or newer teachers who had not built a sick bank
were left at a distinct disadvantage. The new provisions of the STLDP
provide a guarantee of 130 days of income replacement for every
teacher, every year.
"One of our main objectives was to ensure that our members were not
financially disadvantaged by the government's move to eliminate the
sick bank," says Kevin O'Dwyer, OECTA president. "The new STLDP
measures not only provide financial security, they improve access for
many of our most vulnerable members - those with chronic or recurring
"This provision is a definite improvement for our members - especially
those who are in their first few years and those who may be or may
become chronically ill," adds O'Dwyer. "Under the previous plan
teachers were all treated differently. The new plan is more fair and
treats all teachers equitably."
To learn more about the STLDP and the MoU, visit www.oecta.on.ca
OECTA represents the 43,000 professional women and men who teach all
grades in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
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