Rainbow Elementary Teachers Strike Tentative Deal



    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - Elementary public school teachers, members of
the Rainbow Elementary Teacher Local of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO), reached a tentative collective agreement yesterday evening
with the Rainbow District School Board following a lengthy bargaining session.
    "My takeover team has struck a good deal. They have been working around
the clock and the result is an agreement that provides real progress on the
issues that the membership identified as important both for themselves and for
their students," said ETFO President David Clegg.
    "Today's tentative agreement is a win/win situation. Rainbow elementary
teachers will get the working conditions they deserve and their students will
get improved learning conditions," Clegg said.
    "It took us a while to get this agreement but I believe the wait was
worth it. The takeover team needed to ensure that we negotiated a number of
improvements before we could settle," said Pat Gordon, President of the ETFO
Rainbow Elementary Teacher Local.
    Details of the agreement will be available following a members'
ratification vote.
    The Rainbow Elementary Teacher Local represents approximately 600 public
elementary school teachers. Their last contract expired August 31, 2008.

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (Office), (416) 948-0195 (Cell)

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