Ottawa – On this year’s World Teachers’ Day, teachers across Canada have a reason to celebrate, according to the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF). Manitoba teachers have just won precedent-setting harassment protection as a result of an arbitration ruling.
After five years of hard work by l’Association des éducatrices et éducateurs franco-manitobains (AEFM), an association of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM) implemented a harassment policy last week after being directed to do so in an arbitration ruling.
“We applaud this school board policy because it further enhances protective provisions for teachers with respect to harassment and bullying,” says CTF President Emily Noble.
“According to our national research, the majority of teachers in Canada are protected by provisions in their collective agreements, by provincial/territorial legislation or by school policies such as this one.
“This policy is among the most comprehensive to date and shines as an example for other Canadian school boards to follow.”
The CTF President further highlights the following key policy provisions that make the policy unique:
- an appeal mechanism to an external officer, properly qualified in the area of harassment and discrimination;
- the inclusion of not only physical and sexual harassment, but also mental and psychological harassment—as well as the definition of mental and psychological harassment;
- changes cannot be made to the board policy without the permission of the teachers’ association
- ongoing professional development of teachers by the school board in the area of discrimination and harassment.
To view a PDF of the school board policy, visit www.mbteach.org.
CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member organizations in every province and territory in Canada as well as an Affiliate Member in Ontario. CTF (www.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (www.ei-ie.org).
Emily Noble, CTF President
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