Halton Elementary Teachers Ink Tentative Deal with School Board

    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - Elementary public school teachers, members of
the Halton Elementary Teacher Local of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO), have reached a tentative collective agreement with the Halton
District School Board following a lengthy bargaining session.
    Halton is the tenth teacher local in Ontario to reach a tentative
four-year agreement.
    "As far as teacher locals go, the GTA is almost wrapped-up. We have
Durham, York, Peel, and now Halton with tentative agreements in place, and
Durham has already ratified theirs. These agreements cover a total of 15,300
elementary teachers. We only need to have Toronto come on board for a full
slate," said ETFO President David Clegg.
    "Halton's tentative agreement, and those for the other GTA locals, bring
to teachers the working conditions that they deserve and to students the
learning conditions that they need to excel," said Clegg.
    "It took longer to get this agreement than I would have liked, but at the
end of the process, I believe my members will recognize the wait was worth
it," said Maureen Weinberger, President of the ETFO Halton Elementary Teacher
Local. "It's a good deal; we're fine for the next four years."
    Details of the agreement will be available following a ratification vote
by members.
    The Halton Elementary Teacher Local represents more than 2,000 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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