Durham Elementary Teachers First to Approve Four-Year Deal

    TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - Elementary public school teachers, members of
the Durham Elementary Teacher Local of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO), ratified a tentative collective agreement this evening.
    Durham is the first public elementary teacher local in Ontario to ratify
an agreement.
    "Every ratified agreement is an endorsement of our campaign to improve
working conditions for our members. Each new collective agreement also means
improved learning conditions for students as well as peace and stability for
that community," said ETFO President David Clegg.
    "This evening's ratification proves that when teachers are offered a fair
deal, they will accept it," said Clegg.
    '"The negotiated working conditions and benefits are a definite
improvement over our last agreement. It took us a while to get this deal, but
I believe the wait was worth it," said Rachel Gencey, President of the ETFO
Durham Elementary Teacher Local.
    The Durham Elementary Teacher Local represents approximately 2,800 public
elementary school teachers. Their 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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