Tentative agreements stop labour action

Monday, November 2, was settlement day for elementary public school teachers and support staff.

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association announced that a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees education workers and that a tentative settlement has been reached with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and the provincial government.

Although the details of both agreements are confidential until ratified by all parties, both CUPE and the ETFO have agreed to suspend all job actions while awaiting ratification of the deal.

ETFO and CUPE members have been without a contract since August 31, 2014.

The CUPE tentative agreement covers central issues negotiated on behalf of all four school board systems.

CUPE represents 55,000 education workers in Ontario including educational assistants, custodians, office administrators and early childhood educators.

The ETFO represents 78,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.

According to the OPSBA, this tentative deal is a first step to restoring stability and harmony in our schools.

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