NORTH DURHAM: The Durham District School Board announced on Wednesday, Jan. 6 that they have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with the local branch of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario.
Details of the deal are currently unknown, as they are being kept confidential until the deal is ratified. The school board is expected to hold a ratification meeting at their next board meeting.
“We are pleased with the efforts by all to reach this agreement,” DDSB Chairman Michael Barrett said.
ETFO Durham President David Mastin said he was happy with what the union was able to achieve in the deal, but cautioned that the leg work is not over yet.
“I’m quite pleased. We had a collective bargaining team that worked well and we worked through the issues in a way that was respectful,” he said. “It feels good to have a deal tentatively in place, but the process is far from over. We still need to take the agreement to our membership and they will vote on it.”
The Local ETFO is expected to bring the deal to the members for ratification sometime this month. Mr. Mastin added that, from the limited conversations he has had with elementary teachers, there is a “great deal of relief that something is agreed upon.”
A provincial deal at the central table was reached by all sides on Monday, Nov. 2 after the provincial Liberal government had threatened the union on Friday, Oct. 23 to dock teacher’s pay if the work to rule continued after Sunday, Nov. 1. However, as per the process, nothing from the central table agreement could be implemented until a local deal was reached.