Avon Maitland Occasional Teachers Have a Tentative Agreement

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - Public elementary occasional teachers, members
of the Avon Maitland Occasional Teacher Local of the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario (ETFO), have reached a tentative agreement with the Avon
Maitland District School Board following a lengthy bargaining session.
    "Occasional teachers are fully-qualified teachers certified by the
College of Teachers. This tentative agreement recognizes the qualifications
and experience that our members bring to area classrooms every day. Public
elementary schools could not function without the ongoing contributions of
these dedicated professionals," said David Clegg, ETFO President.
    "This deal benefits my members as well as the local community. My members
are receiving improved working conditions and funding for professional
development. Avon Maitland parents can be confident that high quality student
learning will continue on an uninterrupted basis because of the work of
qualified professionals who feel they are respected by their employer," said
Kim Finlayson, President of the ETFO Avon Maitland Occasional Teacher Local.
    The Avon Maitland Occasional Teacher Local represents approximately 450
public elementary occasional teachers. Their last contract expired August 31,
2008. Details of the agreement will be available following a members'
ratification vote.

    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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