Details of yesterday`s preliminary agreement between the province and the Ontario Elementary Federation were unveiled by the Minister of Education on Saturday. READ MORE: Ontario Elementary Teachers` Union, Province Reach Preliminary Agreement “ETFO will review details of its preliminary central agreements and ratification process with local leaders and ETFO members next week.” #ETFO members ratify agreements at central bargaining tables. I thank the members who exercised their democratic right and participated in the ratification votes. t.co/lKoDjf2ZjN TORONTO — The union, which represents elementary school teachers in Ontario, has ratified an agreement with the provincial government, formally ending a months-long struggle that has resulted in numerous rotating strikes and labour actions. In a press release Tuesday morning, the Ontario Federation of Elementary Teachers (ETFO) said the majority of its members voted to adopt the interim agreement reached in mid-March. The agreement also includes a two-year “Student Assistance” fund, worth $89 million, which ETFO says will create about 434 teaching positions to tackle areas such as special education, English language learning and mental health initiatives. Hammond said that since then, the ETFO Provincial Council has approved the terms of the provisional central agreements and that the final adoption decision rests with ETFO`s 83,000 members. In a statement tuesday afternoon, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce congratulated the union on ratifying the interim agreement and said the government`s main goal was to “make a good deal” with teachers and unio Ns. According to the union, the new agreements include an investment in special education, a $150 million reduction in basic public spending and “sustainable funding for members` services.” Their local collective agreement is full of rights, rights and protection against arbitrary treatment. The agreement guarantees the model of a teacher, an only child for full-day kindergarten for the life of the agreement and indicates that there will be no change in the size of primary classes. Provisional central agreements have been negotiated for ETFO members for teachers/casual teachers and education workers. ETFO is the second of four teachers` unions to reach a preliminary agreement with the province and follows a winter of rotating strikes and work-to-rule by teachers whose contracts expired last summer. Education Minister Stephen Lecce today officially announced the upcoming agreement with ETFO and associated bodies.
ETFO has reached preliminary agreements at central negotiating tables. @etfopresident said: “We are very grateful for the unwavering support and solidarity of our members and public opinion who continue to work for public education. READ t.co/YYmyh5UdAk #onpoli #Onted pic.twitter.com/0WaZfzcgwe ETFO made a statement on the preliminary agreement in which union president Sam Hammond said the bargaining process that led to Friday`s development was “very long and difficult.” “This etfo preliminary agreement is giving new impetus to the agreements and progress that students deserve under last week`s preliminary agreement with the English Catholics Association of Ontario (OECTA),” Lecce said in a press release Friday. Education Minister Stephen Lecce said he was “satisfied” with the preliminary agreement, which also includes education assistance workers as well as the Association of School Board Administrators.