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Local Agreement reached with Elementary Teachers
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is pleased to announce that a tentative local agreement has been reached with the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario and its Ottawa Teacher Local representing elementary school teachers.
This agreement, reached Thursday afternoon, comes less than a week after the ratification of the central agreement between ETFO, OPSBA and the Crown. The terms of the agreement will remain confidential until ratified by both parties. Ratification is scheduled to be completed by or before December 7, 2015.
Chair Shirley Seward said, "This is excellent news. Our elementary teachers have incredible educational expertise and a strong commitment to student learning and well-being. It is good to have an agreement in place with our largest bargaining unit.”
Director of Education Jennifer Adams said, "I am very pleased that we have been able to achieve this tentative, local agreement with our elementary teachers. We have the utmost appreciation for all of our employees and we respect the work they do to support students."
The OCDSB has one other ETFO bargaining unit which represents occasional teachers, as well as five other OSSTF support staff bargaining units which represent school office and administrative staff, custodial and maintenance staff, library and guidance technicians, early childhood educators, educational assistants, psychologists, social workers and speech language pathologists, Adult ESL Instructors and childcare workers. Local negotiations with these bargaining units are on-going and we remain committed to negotiating fair and fully funded agreements with all of our bargaining units. Chair Seward said “I am very pleased with the on-going progress our negotiating teams are making and I am confident that we will continue to work with all of our bargaining units to develop fair, local agreements.”
Director of Education
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board