First Two Local Agreements Ratified By Members
TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Teachers in two local units of the
Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) have voted
overwhelmingly in favour of accepting locally negotiated provisions of
their collective agreements.
Bruce-Grey Elementary Unit members voted 94 per cent in favour
London District Occasional Teachers' Bargaining Unit voted 93 per cent
"This agreement addresses issues in a meaningful way for our members,"
says Anna Morrison, Bruce-Grey Elementary Unit president. "We had a
great turn-out for the vote and members are pleased that we were able
to negotiate some local improvements to our collective agreement."
These are the first two ratification votes to be taken by local OECTA
units that have reached tentative agreements with their school boards.
Ratification votes on tentative local agreements in several more OECTA
units will be held in the coming days. Other OECTA units continue to
bargain local issues with school boards and more tentative agreements
are expected before the December 31, 2012 deadline.
"This is good news for our local OECTA members and their communities,"
says Kevin O'Dwyer, president of OECTA. "For units to achieve local
improvements in this environment speaks to solid and respectful labour
relations that can be realized in the future as well."
Local negotiated agreements cover local issues that are outside of the
parameters agreed to in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which
the Association signed with the government on July 5, 2012. All locally
negotiated agreements require ratification by the local membership.
For more information and to watch OECTA's video on our extraordinary
teachers, visit www.oecta.on.ca
OECTA represents the 43,000 professional women and men who teach all
grades in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
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