Welcome to Manitoba`s only website dedicated to educational assistants in Manitoba.
Educational Assistants play an integral role in and out of the classroom. While working under the direction of a teacher, EAs support children with special needs and those just needing some help.
We provide academic, medical and emotional support helping children become independent and live productive lives. Our duties include medical interventions to allow all children an opportunity to attend school. Being trained and educated has become necessary. EAMB strives to encourage and provide accessible, practical professional development while advocating for those who have worked for years in the classroom.
Under the Harper government, major changes have been made to reduce the number of Canadians being able to claim for EI during complulsory layoffs. EAs are considered 'seasonal workers' as we are laid off every time schools close down.
Teachers do not pay into EI, unlike EAs, and therefore cannot claim EI during school closures. They have their salaries spread out over 12 months. Once a teacher is established, they can afford to do this.
While EAs often receive a resonable hourly wage, the number of hours of employment does not provide a liveable wage.
We are currently being assessed by EI into a category that will determine whether we have to look for similar work with similar pay or look for any work. See the following link for an article from CBC. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2012/05/24/pol-employment-insurance-ei-finley.html
More importantly, some EAs have been called in to the EI office and have been told that they must start looking for a 'full time' job. Their attitude is that jobs that experience layoffs are not 'real' jobs.
Provincial governments are mandated to fund and govern education within the province. Part of that responsibility is to ensure that all children have access to education, regardless of abilities or challenges. To make this happen, school divisions hire EAs to support students and teaching staff in order for children to have these important opportunities. If we search and accept full time positions, what happens to the children who must be supported in schools? If our jobs are not important, why do Provincial governments agree to fund training for EI recipients to become EAs through colleges and universities?
Every winter, spring and summer, EAs must attempt to find work in times of layoffs. In the city, this is difficult. In rural areas, chances of finding another job are rare. Many EAs work the same hours as their school-aged children are in school. Finding day care is impossible.
EAMB is about to launch a campaign to get MPs attention and tell them we provide essential services and support for children everywhere in Manitoba. Please stay tuned.
In the meantime, if you are an EA claiming EI, please make note of the following.
More to come.
We are currently not taking any members. We are looking for EAs to help run the organization. If you are interesting in helping out, please let us know.
Look for Inclusion Education, Educational Assistant Training and
or the week of February 20- 24, 2012, CBC presented a series on Inclusion with a variety of guests.
At long last, the Provincial document has been released.
The document provides a clear description of the roles and duties of educational assistants. It's been a long time in the making. EAMB is proud to be a part of the process.
Our new Code of Professional Conduct. This document is intended to promote respect in our workplaces. Respectful behaviour is to be practiced in order to receive it. We offer Building Respect In Schools, which discusses respect for our colleagues, including teachers and other EAs, students and for ourselves. Harassment is not acceptable but what does it look like and how can we stop it? It's not just for kids! Email is today for more information.