OECTA sees new hope for end to Dufferin-Peel impasse

    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The departure of Norbert Hartmann who was
appointed by Education Minister Kathleen Wynne to manage the financial affairs
of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board should help resolve an
ongoing impasse between negotiating occasional teachers and the board,
predicts Elaine Mac Neil, president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers'
Association (OECTA).
    Hartmann was appointed on February 5, to take control over finances and
staff, after all 11 trustees refused to make $16.5 million in cuts to balance
the board's $670 million budget. He was advised his assignment was completed
on August 31.
    Mac Neil says the recently announced permanent funding increase in the
benchmark allocation of 11.3 per cent, coupled with the departure of Mr.
Hartmann, should remove the last obstacles to a negotiated settlement.
    Occasional teachers employed by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District
School Board are the only group of teachers in Ontario that do not have a
contract for 2006-08. They have been without a collective agreement since
August 2006.
    "We applaud the Minister's decision," Mac Neil says. "By restoring
control to the elected trustees, the local bargaining process can unfold as it

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For further information: Elaine Mac Neil, President, Office: (416)
925-2493 X 417, Cell phone: (416) 400-8324

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