TORONTO, April 15 /CNW/ - Elementary public occasional teachers, members
of the Halton Occasional Teacher Local of the Elementary Teachers' Federation
of Ontario (ETFO), reached a tentative collective agreement with the Halton
District School Board late last night following a lengthy bargaining session.
Details of the agreement will be available following a ratification vote
later this month.
Halton is the eighth occasional teacher local in Ontario to reach a
tentative four-year agreement.
"It's a good deal for our membership. It recognizes the valuable
contribution these hard working professionals bring to elementary education
every day that they are called to work," said ETFO President David Clegg.
"Occasional teachers are fully qualified professionals who are certified
by the College of Teachers. This new agreement gives them the respect they
deserve. I believe that the Halton District School Board will also benefit
because they will be able to attract more occasional teachers who will want to
work under the new provisions we negotiated," Clegg said.
"Negotiations were challenging but we achieved a good deal for our
members. Our bargaining team successfully addressed a number of issues in this
agreement that were of longstanding concern. We achieved what we set out to
do," said Al Bero, President of the ETFO Halton Occasional Teacher Local.
The Halton Occasional Teacher Local represents approximately 1,068 public
elementary occasional 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)