Roles and Responsibilities of the Local Executive

President - Colin Desnoyers
*  Will call and preside at all regular and special meetings of the local and those of the council and executive committee;
*  Have an agenda;
*  Confer before the meeting with all officers and committee chairs who may have business for the meeting;
*  Preserve order and decorum;
*  In addition to preparing for and chairing the meetings of the local, the president is responsible for supervising its overall operation;
*  Remain impartial in debate; and
*  Supervise the overall operation of the local
*   This supervisory function requires a leadership role in which the president is acquainted with the operations of committees. In this context leadership can be exercised by: 
-  Initiating: keeping the organization active by challenging it with new ideas and by stimulating its members to action (suggesting activities, help in setting out goals, proposing procedures, clarifying issues). 
-  Regulating: guiding the direction of the organization's activities (pointing out policy, time limits in problems, summarizing actions taken, restating goals, etc).
-  Informing: bringing information from the provincial body, school board, administration and other organizations to the executive committee and members of the local or arranging for information to be brought to these groups; gather opinions and information from the local membership on issues of concern.
-  Supporting: creating the proper climate in order to hold the organization together and making it easy for members to contribute and express new ideas (encouraging, relieving tension, voicing group feelings, etc).
-  Evaluating: encouraging and assisting the organization to evaluate its decisions, goals and procedures.
-  Representing: attend meetings of the provincial organization, school board, and with the administration to represent the views of the members of the local.

Time Commitment:

* Attending monthly meetings of the local, school board meetings, and other specially called meetings requires four to five hours a month.
*  On average reading reports, faxes, and other information from the provincial body and dealing with issues at a local level requires a minimum of three to four hours a week.
*  There are two provincial meetings of all Presidents during the school year. Each are a day and a half in length.
*  ARA requires the attendance of the president and one other member from the local for a three day meeting over the long week-end in May.
*  Summer Conference is 4 days in August.


Vice-President - Justin Barlow
*  Fulfill duties of president when president is absent
*  Assist president with matters concerning the local

Secretary - Krista Bernard
*  Responsible for seeing that matters requiring local consideration are dealt with within the proper time frame.  No matter what duties are specified in the local constitution, the secretary must assure that the procedures of the local enable it to handle its responsibilities in a timely manner;
*  Records of proceedings at all meetings must be kept;
*  Besides actual motions with mover and seconder, salient features of the discussion should be noted. These notes will help future executive committees interpret decisions;
*  Minutes should be kept as a permanent record.  The records of the local are to be kept in a place established for such records and appropriate measures should be taken to secure them; 
*  Have agenda and minutes copied for each local meeting; and
*  Records of approved cheques and expenditures must be kept with the minutes.


Treasurer - Julie Norrie
*  Treasurer is the chief financial officer of the local and an integral part of the executive committee.  The primary responsibilities of this office are to:
1.  control financial resources of the local by continually monitoring the status of the resources;
2.  assume custody of the physical assets of the local;
3.  maintain financial records for the local;
4.  report on the financial condition of the local as required;
5.  to make the necessary disbursements of the funds of this local association as authorized by the executive committee or local council, with cheques being read out and double signed using two of the executive registered with the bank to sign each cheque;.
6.  to ensure that signing authorities are up-to-date with the bank;
7.  to prepare and send to The Alberta Teachers' Association such financial statements and reports as may be required from time to time;
8.  to keep documentation for up to 6 years;
9.  to make necessary deposits into the bank account;
10.  to keep track of any investments (i.e., GICs) and inform the council of such using council decisions to prudently invest money with guaranteed principle. Investments need the signature of two executive as registered with the bank. Treasurer needs to consider roll over of GICs and or necessary cash-in;
11.  to attend Provincial ATA treasurers’ seminars as called;
12.  to advice and caution local on initiatives and proposed spending that may exceed budgeted items or be beyond the means of the Local; and
13.  to maintain an expense policy that is in line with fiscal budget and to have this approved as changes happen.


Economic Policy Committee (EPC) & Negotiating Subcommittee (NSC)

Each bargaining unit's economic policy committee should be chosen on the basis of competence and continuity. In the opinion of many experts, it requires five years of experience to develop an effective member of the economic policy committee at the local level.
*  The economic policy committee and the negotiating subcommittee must always observe their committee function. These committees cannot set economic policy for the bargaining unit. Once the economic policy committee has arrived at a set of economic objectives, it must ask the executive of the bargaining unit to call a meeting of the bargaining unit, which must approve any economic policy that the negotiating subcommittee plans to present to the school board.
*  The economic policy committee is responsible for studying the labor and economic materials contained in various ATA publications and elsewhere and for recommending changes in the collective agreement for the bargaining unit to consider. A majority vote of those present at a properly called meeting of the bargaining unit is required before these recommendations are adopted as official bargaining unit policy.
*  The economic policy committee should establish a negotiating subcommittee of preferably not more than three members. The personnel of this subcommittee should be selected with the utmost care because, in the final analysis, the whole success of the Association's efforts in respect of a particular bargaining unit turns on the ability and acceptability of the individual members of this subcommittee. In addition to possessing skills and experience, members of this subcommittee must command the respect of the board and the community.

EPC Chair(s) - Michelle Drapaka

EPC Chair Duties:

            *  Organize and call the necessary meetings (1 to 4 per semester).
*  Survey membership to get input on concerns for the next contract.
*  Organize and prioritize results of contract survey.
*  Call general meeting to get approval of proposed items for contract.
*  Attend teacher welfare area conference (TWAC) in Edmonton each February.
*  Attend fall field services meeting in Edmonton.
*  May be required to sit on Grievance Committee Hearings.
*  Keep local council informed by attending monthly ATA meetings.
*  Encourage each school to have representation on EPC.

NSC Chair - Will Baker

NSC Chair Duties:

            *  Organize dates and call the necessary negotiations meetings.
*  Present negotiations updates at general meetings.
*  Keep membership informed of any progress in negotiations.
*  Create budget for negotiations.
*  Communicate with the representative bargaining agent (RBA).

ATA Convention Representatives for NETCA - Jennifer Corkum and Melanie LeClair

Attend meetings locally

Generate ideas for workshop sessions.

Find hosts for sessions 

Help at convention – introducing speakers, working at the registration desk.

Disseminate Convention information and booklets to the Local

Political Engagement Officer - Sara Sainio

1.  Enhance teachers' political involvement

2.  Serve as a liaison between the local and provincialassociation

3.  Ensure support for political action at the local level

4.  Attend provincially called meetings

5.  Establish relationship between our local and MLA

6.  Attend all Local Council Meetings

7. Be aware of advocacy and actions issues of the ATA at the Provinciallevel

8. Apply for political action grants as they are available

9. Cooperate with other organizations and bodies that have Albertaeducational aims and objectives in line with best interests of the Local

10.  Promote teacher involvement in the politicalprocesses that affect teaching

11.  Encourage teacher involvement in thepolitical decision-making processes that affect day-to-day life in the classroom

12.  Arouse and increase public interest in theimportance of education and public knowledge in the aims of education,financial support for education, and other education matters



Local Communications Officer - Sara Sainio
  1. maintain the Local website.
  2. work with the public relations programs as proposed by the Provincial ATA.
  3. keep the media well informed about the positive things happening in our schools.
  4. establish a liaison with the PD committee with respect to information sharing from conference delegates.
  5. attend all Local Council Meetings
  6. create and publish newsletters, posters, advertising, etc. when needed by our Local
  7. assist the Local in other capacities as required.
Professional Development Chair - Shannon Fleming
The PD Chair will ensure:
1.  The PD Committee will endeavor to build linkages between the various PD opportunities for teacher: school based, Local institutes, conventions, in-service, specialist councils, etc.
2.  The PD Committee will general exercise leadership in all matters pertaining to any PD activities undertaken by the Local.
3.  To seek input and feedback form teachers and/or school staffs in regard to PD needs, and how these needs can best be met.
4.  To consult with PD staff officers, district representatives, consultants and members of the Local.
5.  To attend, if possible, PD Area Conferences and the PD course at Summer Conference.
6.  To coordinate and develop local responses to PD issues.
7.  To keep a record of the minutes of the meetings.