Simcoe Occasional Teachers Have Tentative Deal With School Board

    TORONTO, April 9 /CNW/ - Public elementary occasional teachers, members
of the Simcoe County Occasional Teacher Local of the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario (ETFO), have reached a tentative agreement with the
Simcoe County District School Board. A ratification vote will take place later
this month.
    "This is a good deal," said ETFO President David Clegg. "Guaranteed,
negotiated working conditions for occasional teachers provide a supportive
school environment that benefits student learning." Clegg noted that Simcoe is
the sixth occasional teacher local to reach a tentative deal. The other five
agreements have already been ratified.
    "Occasional teachers are fully qualified professionals who are certified
by the College of Teachers. This new agreement recognizes the experience and
qualifications our members bring to the classroom every day. Other school
boards who have not yet been able to reach a deal with ETFO would be wise to
take note of the key elements of this contract, Clegg said.
    "The ETFO bargaining team has worked very hard to secure a deal," said
Bob Blackwood, President of the ETFO Simcoe County Occasional Teacher Local.
"Once the deal is ratified, it will ensure four years of improved working
conditions and better benefits for my members."
    The Simcoe County Occasional Teacher Local represents approximately 900
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)

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