The union that represents Ontario elementary teachers says its members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of accepting a tentative agreement with public school boards and the province.
In a news release, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) said the ratification vote by teachers and occasional teachers was 90 per cent in favour of the 2022-2026 central agreement with the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and the Ontario government.
The union said the deal would run from Sept. 1, 2022 to Aug. 31, 2026 but it must still be ratified by the school boards to take effect. The vote by school boards is scheduled for next week.
“While this round of bargaining was exceptionally lengthy and difficult, ETFO members stood firm in the face of cuts, pressed for improvements to working and learning conditions, and won,” ETFO President Karen Brown said in the release.
“This agreement is proof that the legal bargaining process works when it’s allowed to unfold as intended.”