Peel is First Teacher Local to Reach Tentative Agreement

    TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - Elementary public school teachers, members of
the Peel Elementary Teacher Local of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO), reached a tentative collective agreement with the Peel
District School board yesterday evening following a lengthy bargaining
    "Peel is the first teacher local in Ontario and in the GTA to reach a
four-year agreement. This contract sends out a strong message to the remaining
33 public school boards who have not yet reached an agreement with their
elementary public school teachers: it's time to stop stalling and start
bargaining in good faith," said ETFO President David Clegg.
    "My negotiators are being reasonable at the bargaining tables. If there
is no agreement in place, it is because of the hard-nosed position being taken
by board negotiators. The boards need to stop setting roadblocks around the
interpretations of the provincial framework and get on with negotiating the
provisions into the outstanding contracts," Clegg said.
    "This is a good agreement for our members," said Tim Cunningham,
President of the ETFO Peel Elementary Teacher Local. Our bargaining team has
negotiated improvements that will benefit our members and set a benchmark for
the other teacher locals across Ontario."
    Details of the agreement will be available following a ratification vote
later this month.

    The Peel Elementary Teacher Local represents more than 6,200 public
elementary school teachers and is the second largest ETFO teacher local in
Ontario. 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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