Durham is Second Teacher Local to Reach Tentative Agreement

    TORONTO, April 10 /CNW/ - Elementary public school teachers, members of
the Durham Elementary Teacher Local of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO), reached a tentative collective agreement today with the Durham
District School Board following a lengthy bargaining session.
    Durham is the second teacher local in Ontario to reach a tentative
four-year agreement.
    "I'm very proud of this deal. My takeover team has been working around
the clock and the result is an agreement that provides real progress on the
issues that the members of the Local said were important both for themselves
and for their students," said ETFO President David Clegg.
    "Today's tentative agreement means teachers will get the working
conditions they deserve and students will get improved learning conditions,"
Clegg said.
    "I'm pleased that we are one of the first teacher locals in ETFO to reach
a tentative agreement. I look forward to implementing the new changes to the
contract once the agreement is ratified. I hope our agreement will help other
teacher locals reach a settlement," said Rachel Gencey, President of the ETFO
Durham Elementary Teacher Local.
    Details of the agreement will be available following a ratification vote
later this month.
    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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