Code of professional practice
The Code of Professional Practice establishes the required standards of conduct for all members of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society, whether acting in an employed position under a Collective Agreement, or acting in an appointed or elected position. A member’s professional behaviour must reflect the spirit as well as the letter of the Code.(1)
1. A member’s first professional responsibility is to her or his students.
2. A member acts with integrity and diligence in carrying out professional responsibilities.
3. A member avoids involvement in a conflict of interest, recognizes that a privileged relationship with students exists and refrains from exploiting that relationship for material, ideological or other advantage.
4. A member’s conduct is characterised by consideration and good faith. She or he speaks and acts with respect and dignity, and deals judiciously with others, always mindful of their rights.
5. A member respects the confidential nature of information concerning students and may give the information only to authorized personnel or agencies directly concerned with the individual student’s welfare.
6. A member first directs any criticism of the professional activity and related work of a colleague to that colleague in private. Only after informing the colleague of the intent to do so, the complainant may direct in confidence the criticism to appropriate officials through the proper channels of communication. A member shall not be considered in contravention of this section in the following circumstances:
a) consulting with the Society or the president of the member’s local association;
b) taking any action that is allowed or mandated by legislation.
c) where the member is acting in good faith and without malice in the discharge of the legitimate duties of his or her appointed or elected position.
7. A member does not bypass immediate authority to reach higher authority without first exhausting the proper channels of communication.
8. A member makes an ongoing effort to improve professionally.
9. A member adheres to collective agreements negotiated by the professional organization
10. A member or group of members makes only authorized representations to outside bodies on behalf of the Society or its local associations. Without the express permission of the Society, no member(s) conferring with outside bodies may explicitly or implicitly claim that they represent the Society or its local associations.
(Violation of the Code shall be addressed through application of MTS bylaws.)
(revised, Annual General Meeting, 2012)