Fonds UAA - Alberta Teachers' Association fonds

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Alberta Teachers' Association fonds

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10.25 m of textual records

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(1984 -)

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The Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA) facilitates the training and certification of fitness leaders and trainers in Alberta. Established in 1984, the association was founded by representatives of fitness agencies who were concerned with the consistency of fitness leadership in Alberta. The delivery of fitness leadership programs is through these agencies, under the guidelines of the AFLCA and its Board of Directors. The AFLCA is an agency-based, not-for-profit association whose operations benefit the represented agencies that deliver the AFLCA training programs. These agencies, in turn, represent their fitness leaders. The AFLCA adopted the guidelines put forth in 1984 by the National Fitness Leadership Advisory Committee (NFLAC). Performance standards were subsequently developed to recommend minimum competencies desired in the trained fitness leader. In 1989, the results of the comprehensive survey of leaders, trainers and agencies led the AFLCA towards the development of a new program model, which included more specialized areas of fitness training and more variety in courses for leaders to explore and agencies to administer. The mandate of AFLCA is to establish and implement specific standards and guidelines that organizations can follow for the training of their fitness leaders, to certify those leaders who have been trained and through that training have met the standards and guidelines established by the Association and to coordinate the standards and guidelines established by the National Fitness Leadership Advisory Committee (NFLAC) and to adjust these standards and guidelines to be most suitable for the fitness leaders of Alberta.

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The Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) is the professional organization of teachers in Alberta. Its mission is to promote and advance public education, advocate for its members, and protect standards of professional practice. Their objectives are governed by the Teaching Profession Act, which was passed by the Alberta legislature in 1935. The association is divided into various geographic “locals”, which includes teachers employed by a school district or school divisions. Locals are grouped into larger geographic districts. Delegates from each local attend the Annual Representative Assembly in May, when the annual budget is approved, by-laws are revised, policy made, and programs for the next year are determined. Between annual meetings, business of the ATA is conducted by the Provincial Executive Committee, consisting of 20 elected persons. The ATA also has offices and staff in Edmonton and Calgary to conduct the day-to-day operations. Staff work in four program areas: Government and Administration, Member Services, Professional Development and Teacher Welfare.

The Alberta Teachers’ Alliance was established in 1917, at a meeting of the Alberta Educational Association. Its first annual meeting was held in spring 1918. The Alberta Educational Association was made up of concerned citizens wishing to promote education in the new province of Alberta, however, it was not equipped to address teachers’ working conditions, salaries, or professional concerns. Teachers were being drawn away from the profession to either enlist in the army due to the First World War, or to other professions that offered better salary and living conditions. Therefore, unqualified individuals were being authorized to teach due to the shortage. Short-term contracts were common, and teachers had no appeal against dismissal. At the inaugural 1918 annual meeting, resolutions were passed to advocate for improved working conditions, including a provincial salary scale, a better form of teaching contract, full citizenship rights for teachers, and a pension scheme. In addition, professional interests included drafting a code of ethics, publishing an ATA Magazine, and supporting a federation of all teachers’ organizations in Canada. The first president of the ATA was G. D. Misener, followed by T. E. A. Stanley in 1919 and H. C. Newland in 1920.

The first full-time paid general secretary-treasurer was hired in 1920. John Walker Barnett remained in this position until his retirement in 1946. Through his tireless efforts to raise the status of the teaching profession in Alberta, the “Alliance” became an “Association”, and was legally constituted under the 1935 Teaching Profession Act. The Act was amended shortly thereafter by William Aberhart’s Social Credit Party government to make it mandatory for all teachers at public and separate school boards to be members of the ATA as a condition of employment. Throughout the following decade significant legislation was enacted to strengthen Alberta’s teaching profession, including the School Act in 1936 that ensured teachers facing termination receive a hearing, the Teachers’ Superannuation Act in 1939, which was the first step towards a pension plan. In 1944 all teacher education was assigned to a university, which led to the eventual requirement for a bachelor’s degree as a minimum teaching qualification.The resulting demand for more schools and teachers as the post-war baby boomers started school led to an increasing modernization of education, as one-room school houses and correspondence centres closed and new schools were established. Throughout the 1950s, the ATA continued to improve salaries and retirement benefits, at times leading to labour disputes and legal disputes.

Over the years, attempts have been made by the Alberta government and Alberta School Trustees Association to weaken the bargaining power of the ATA through splitting the Association into separate professional and bargaining organizations. This happened during the late 1970s/early 1980s, the mid-1990s, and 2013. Under the Ralph Klein government, salary cuts to teachers throughout the 1990s took their toll, and led to striking in February 2002 by over 22,000 teachers - the largest labour action in ATA history.

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Fonds consists of records pertaining to the Alberta Teacher's Association and the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association.

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Updated by A.A. 20 Dec. 2022

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