Ontario: Ending weeks long contentious negotiation, the Ontario Government has reached a deal with school staff represented by the Ontario Council of Educational Workers (OCEW).
The OCEW in a. statement said that the deal was concluded after several days of negotiations between the Bargaining Council, the Council of Trustees Association and the Province. It was also said that the tentative deal will go to members for ratification from across the province in the coming weeks.
OCEW represents thousands of workers from public and Catholic school boards across the province, including educational resource facilitators and maintenance and construction workers.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Stephen Lecce issued a release saying that the Progressive Conservative government is capable of fulfilling the promises made to the education unions.
He said, “Proud to have secured our second tentative agreement with education worker union OCEW that further ensures stability for families and in-person learning for students.”
The Minister said that the government is focused on landing deals with all education unions that ensure students learn in class and benefit from extra curriculars, sports, and tutoring supports.