Board can’t unilaterally reduce teacher prep time

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/14/2011

Directed by their employer to attend professional development sessions during their planned preparation time, two teachers grieved. Such a unilateral reduction of their allotted prep time was a violation of the collective agreement, the union said.

At issue was how to interpret the combined effect of two articles in the collective agreement.

Where Article 12.05 (b) established that teachers are entitled to 210 minutes of preparation time every cycle of five instructional days, Article 12.05 (j) stated that missed preparation time would only be rescheduled when a teacher had lost out on scheduled prep time because of orders from the principal to cover for an absent teacher.