Kevin Harnish is the Substitute Liaison.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact him.
If you are working as a substitute teacher in Nova Scotia's public school system, please register with
the NSTU even if you are not planning to become a reserve or an active reserve member.
The NSTU may need to get in touch with you about matters that affect your working conditions, as
the Union is the bargaining agent for all substitutes, whether or not they are members of the Union.
Please visit this site to register as a substitute teacher. http://www.nstu.ca - Navigate to EARLY CAREER
and then choose Register With NSTU.
Reserve Membership Application Form
The NSTU now offers two methods to apply for Regular and Active Reserve Membership.
To apply by mail, please download and fill out the application form found at http://www.nstu.ca - under EARLY CAREER.
Benefits of Reserve & Active Reserve Membership
Regular Reserve Membership:
Fee: $10.00 per year (Expires July 31st of each year)
- The right to benefits as provided through the NSTU as bargaining agent.
- The right to apply for legal assistance in instances resulting from problems arising in the performance of duties.
- The right to attend Council as an observer, or as an associate delegate, when nominated by a professional association.
- The right to attend meetings of a designated Local, as an observer.
- The right to membership in professional associations.
- The right to membership in the NSTU Group Insurance Plan, in accordance with the provisions of the plan.
- The right to receive NSTU publications through web access on the NSTU website.
- The right to professional counselling within education.
- The right to access the NSTU Members Only material on the NSTU website.
- The right to an NSTU web mail account.
Active Reserve Membership:
Fee: $32.00 per year (Expires July 31st of each year)
You must be a substitute and have taught 15 days in the current or previous school year to apply for this membership option.
Benefits are those of Regular Reserve found above, plus:
- The right to vote at the local and/or provincial level.
- The right to attend Council:
- as a voting delegate, when nominated by a Local;
- as an associate delegate, when nominated by a Local;
- as an observer.
- The right to membership on NSTU committees.
Substitute Q & A
Please visit http://www.nstu.ca - Navigate to EARLY CAREER and then choose Q & A for Substitutes.
Handbook for Early Career Teachers
The NSTU developed this handbook as a resource for teachers who are new to the profession.
It provides insight into what's expected of substitutes and offers some tips on meeting those
expectations, including getting organized and keeping a class engaged.
Please visit http://www.nstu.ca - Navigate to EARLY CAREER and then choose Early Career Handbook
This brochure contains important information for substitute teachers on the benefits of
membership in the NSTU, resources and forms.
Please visit http://www.nstu.ca - Navigate to EARLY CAREER and then choose Substitute Brochure