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Tentative Deal Reached With Education Workers

Deal still needs to be ratified

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has reached a tentative central agreement for its 3,500 education worker members with the Council of Trustees’ Associations and the Ontario government. 

"From day one, my focus has been keeping kids in class," says Education Minister Stephen Lecce. "We are taking an important step towards delivering on this priority by announcing another tentative central agreement with the ETFO Education Workers, helping to bring stability to families and elementary students in Ontario."

Exact details of the agreement haven't been specified, and it still needs to be ratified by members.

The deal  applies to early childhood educators and education support personnel, but not elementary teachers. 

Elementary teachers are holding a vote until October 17th,  on whether to issue a strike mandate.

Last month, the province reached a tentative agreement with the OSSTF that would require binding arbitration if a deal isn't reached by October 27th. 

Lecce's full statement is below: 

"From day one, my focus has been keeping kids in class. We are taking an important step towards delivering on this priority by announcing another tentative central agreement with the ETFO Education Workers, helping to bring stability to families and elementary students in Ontario.

This is the latest in a series of significant agreements that help ensure kids stay in class, learning with their friends and educators, and benefiting from our back to basics focus.

While we are making progress, we are again urging all remaining teacher unions to come to the table and sign a deal that ensures children benefit from uninterrupted learning for the next three years, with an enhanced focus on strengthening reading, writing, and math skills."

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