OECTA Reaches Tentative Agreement

Work to Rule Job Action Suspended

TORONTO, Aug. 25, 2015 /CNW/ - The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached with representatives of the Liberal government and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association.

"We appreciate the government's efforts and those of the Catholic school trustees in reaching this tentative agreement," said Ann Hawkins, OECTA President. "We worked hard to address the concerns of our members and believe this agreement will protect them as well as the quality of education in our schools."

The details of the settlement are confidential, pending ratification by OECTA members, but work to rule has been immediately suspended during the ratification period.

OECTA represents 50,000 elementary and secondary school teachers in Ontario and has been in a legal strike position since August 17, 2015. Prior to reaching the tentative settlement, only one school, Bishop Belleau in Moosonee, had commenced work to rule sanctions, which will now be suspended.

During the summer, OECTA launched its TeachersMatter campaign to keep the public informed of what was at stake during these negotiations: data collection, workload, hiring and wages. To date, OECTA has obtained over 10,000 supporters on its teachersmatter.ca website. 

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association represents more than 50,000 talented, passionate, qualified teachers in Ontario's publicly funded English Catholic schools, in classrooms from Kindergarten to Grade 12. OECTA cares deeply about the quality of education in our province, and we advocate for the professional and contractual welfare of our members to make sure they can focus on what they do best: teach. 

SOURCE Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association

For further information: Janine Druery, Communications Specialist, j.druery@oecta.on.ca, 416-925-2493 ext. 472

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