REVISED STATUTES, 1989
1 This Act may be cited as the Teaching Profession Act. R.S., c. 462, s. 1.
2 In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,
(a) "Council" means the Council of the Union as established pursuant to the by-laws of the Union;
(b) "Executive" means the Executive of the Council;
(c) "local" means a local organization of members of the Union formed pursuant to the by-laws of the Union;
(d) "Minister" means the Minister of Education;
(e) "public school" means any school established or maintained pursuant to the Education Act;
(f) "school board" means any school board or other authority employing teachers in a public school;
(g) "teacher" means a person holding a teachers certificate or a vocational teachers certificate or a vocational teachers permit pursuant to the Education Act;
(h) "Union" means the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union. R.S., c. 462, s. 2.
3 (1) The Nova Scotia Teachers' Union, as incorporated by Chapter 100 of the Acts of 1951, shall continue as a body corporate subject to the provisions of this Act.
(2) The by-laws, members, Council, Executive, officers, committees, locals and local executives of the Union existing immediately prior to this Act shall continue in effect or in office until changed or replaced pursuant to this Act. R.S., c. 462, s. 3.
4 The Constitution of the Union shall consist of
(a) this Act;
(b) the by-laws; and
(c) the standing orders of the Council. R.S., c. 462, s. 4.
Liability of members
5 No member of the Union shall be liable for the debts or liabilities of the Union unless the member shall have made himself personally liable therefor. R.S., c. 462, s. 5.
6 The members of the Union shall consist of persons who are members pursuant to Section 12 of this Act and such other persons as the Council by by-law determines. R.S., c. 462, s. 6.
7 The objects of the Union are to advance and promote the teaching profession and the cause of education in the Province. R.S., c. 462, s. 7.
Powers of Union
8 The Union shall have power to do all things necessary or desirable for the attainment of the objects of the Union or incidental thereto, including, but not so as to restrict the generality of the foregoing, power for such purpose to
(a) purchase, acquire, lease and hold real and personal property and sell, convey, lease, mortgage or transfer the same;
(b) borrow money from any person or corporation and give security for any money so borrowed on any of the real and personal property of the Union by way of mortgage or otherwise;
(c) accept all gifts, legacies or bequests which may be given to the Union;
(d) expend any money of the Union;
(e) fix membership fees and special assessments of members and collect such fees and assessments;
(f) subject to this Act, suspend, expel or otherwise discipline any member and to re-instate any member so suspended or expelled. R.S., c. 462, s. 8.
Exercise of powers
9 Unless otherwise provided in this Act or by by-laws of the Union, the powers of the Union may be exercised by the Council. R.S., c. 462, s. 9.
By-laws of Council
10 (1) The Council may make by-laws not inconsistent with this Act dealing with or providing for
(a) the management of the Union and its property;
(b) the constitution of the Union and of locals, including the basis of representation of locals on the Council;
(c) the officers, executive and committees of the Union and their respective powers and duties;
(d) the government, discipline and control of members;
(e) all other matters necessary or useful to carry out the objects and to exercise the powers of the Union.
Procedure for by-laws
(2) Every by-law shall be passed by a vote of at least two thirds of the members of the Council present at a meeting thereof, notice of the intention to propose such by-law at such meeting having been given in writing by notice mailed postage prepaid at least thirty days before such meeting to each member of the Union at the members last recorded address.
Notice of intention
(3) In lieu of the notice provided for by subsection (2), notice of the intention to propose a by-law may be given by such notice being printed in an issue of a publication of the Union mailed to all schools in the Province at least thirty days before the meeting of the Council at which it is to be considered and a number of copies of the proposed resolution equal to at least ten per cent of the number of members of each local having been mailed to the respective secretary of each local at least thirty days before such meeting. R.S., c. 462, s. 10.
11 (1) There shall be a Professional Committee of the Union, elected according to the by-laws.
Inquiry on request
(2) The Professional Committee may, on the request of a local, the executive of a local or the Executive, inquire into any charge and determine if a teacher has been guilty of conduct unbecoming a member of the teaching profession.
Copy of request to Executive
(3) When any such request is made by a local, a copy thereof shall be forwarded to the Executive at the time such request is made.
Notice to member
(4) Any member so charged shall be given at least thirty days notice in writing of the charge and shall be given full opportunity to be heard by the Professional Committee and to be represented by counsel.
Discipline of members
(5) The Professional Committee shall dismiss the charge or reprimand, suspend or expel the member.
Decision to teacher
(6) The Executive shall transmit the decision of the Professional Committee to the teacher by prepaid registered post to the last recorded address of the teacher.
Recommendations to Minister
(7) The Executive shall transmit to the Minister such recommendations concerning the certification of the teacher as the Professional Committee may make. R.S., c. 462, s. 11.
12 (1) Every teacher who has a permanent contract, a probationary contract or a term contract, within the meaning of the Education Act, with a school board in a teaching, supervisory or other professional capacity relating to education shall be an active member of the Union unless the teacher is expelled therefrom or unless the teacher resigns by written notice addressed to the Union at its head office and mailed by prepaid registered post.
(2) Subject to subsection (3), the resignation of a teacher from the Union shall take effect at the end of the school year in which the resignation is tendered and shall be effective for one year following such school year.
Effective date of resignation
(3) When a teacher is first employed in a public school, a resignation by the teacher from the Union shall take effect immediately if
(a) it is given before the first day of October when the teachers employment began on the first day of the school year; or
(b) it is given within one month after the teachers employment began.
(4) A teacher whose resignation from the Union is in effect may continue not to be a member of the Union from year to year provided that during each school year following the teachers resignation the teacher gives written notice as provided in subsection (1) of intention not to be a member for the succeeding school year.
(5) A teacher who has resigned or has been expelled from the Union and who continues to be employed by a school board in a teaching, supervisory or other professional capacity relating to education shall pay to the Union through regular deductions, in the manner provided in Section 14, an amount equivalent to the regular fees for membership as are prescribed by the Union. R.S., c. 462, s. 12.
Report on membership and union fees
13 (1) Not later than the fifteenth day of August in every year, the Union shall send to the Minister
(a) a list of the names and addresses of the persons who have resigned as active members of the Union and whose resignations are effective for the current school year; and
(b) a scale of the fees payable to the Union by its active members for the then current school year.
(2) Within ten days after the effective date of the resignation, other than a resignation that is effective at the end of a school year, of a member from active membership in the Union or the expulsion of a member or the re-admission of a member, the Union shall send the name and address of the member to the Minister.
Maintenance of list
(3) The Minister shall cause to be kept a list of the names and addresses of all persons who have resigned as active members of the Union or who have been expelled from the Union and who have not been readmitted to the Union as active members.
Duty of Minister
(4) The Minister shall cause to be sent to each school board
(a) on or about the fifteenth day of September in each year, a list of the names of the teachers employed by it whose resignations as active members of the Union became effective at the end of the preceding school year or who were expelled from the Union during the preceding school year; and
(b) the name of each member employed by it who has resigned, been expelled or been re-admitted to the Union, within ten days after receiving notice of the resignation, expulsion or re-admission pursuant to subsection (2). R.S., c. 462, s. 13.
Payment of fees
14 (1) Every member of the Union shall pay to the Union annually such fees as are prescribed by the Union and every teacher who has resigned or has been expelled from the Union and who continues to teach shall pay an amount equivalent to such fees.
Scale of fees
(2) On or about the fifteenth day of September in each year, the Minister shall cause to be sent to each school board a copy of the scale of fees payable to the Union by its members as furnished to the Minister pursuant to Section 13.
Deductions by school board
(3) Every school board or other authority shall deduct from the salary of each member of the Union and each teacher employed by it who has resigned or has been expelled from the Union an amount equal to the fees payable by the person to the Union according to the scale furnished by the Minister, and shall make such deductions in twelve equal monthly instalments, or in such other number of equal monthly instalments as may be agreed upon by the board and the Union, beginning in the month of September or in the month following receipt of notice that the person has become or been readmitted as a member of the Union.
(4) Every school board or other authority shall remit each month to the Secretary-treasurer of the Union the amount of deductions made by it pursuant to subsection (3) within ten days after the end of the month in which the fees are deducted.
Failure to remit
(5) The Minister shall cause to be withheld, from the amount payable by the Minister under the Education Act to a school board in any year, an amount equal to the difference between the sum of the deductions made by the board pursuant to subsection (3) and the amount remitted by it to the Secretary-treasurer of the Union pursuant to subsection (4).
Payment to Union
(6) The Minister shall cause all amounts withheld by the Minister pursuant to subsection (5) to be remitted to the Secretary-treasurer of the Union at such times and in such amounts as the Minister determines. R.S., c. 462, s. 14.