The Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) is pleased to announce that the Ontario Elementary Teachers` Federation (ETFO) has been appointed by children`s educators and DCDSB to renew a collective agreement that expires on August 31, 2022. The parties will endeavour to secure ratification on the ground in the coming weeks. While negotiations have continued in recent days, no agreement has been reached between the Ontario Teachers` Association (OECD), the Ontario government and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees` Association. The GSP represents paraprofessional staff in their employment on the Board of Directors. The current collective agreement between the parties expires on August 31, 2019. The bargaining partner representing the PSSP at the provincial level under the Collective Vocational Training Act (SBCBA), the Ontario Education Workers` Alliance (EWAO), served the Ontario Trustes Association (OCSTA) on May 10, 2019 by joining the negotiations. The parties to the SBCBA are currently planning a first collective bargaining meeting for their respective central tables, scheduled for June 19, 2019. The next stage of collective bargaining will continue at the local level between DCDSB and CUPE Local 218, which represents our facilitators, maintenance workers, secretaries, teaching assistants and ICT collaborators. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) expects full withdrawal of services effective Monday, October 7, 2019, unless an agreement is reached this weekend. In classes over the age of 15, the kindergarten program is supervised by a teacher and an early childhood educator. If an agreement cannot be reached, there will be a total withdrawal of services by our early childhood educators (EECs) represented by ETF.

Although the Board of Directors is not directly involved in negotiations at the provincial level, we respect the negotiation process and know that the parties are working hard to reach an agreement while discussions continue. We value our ECAs and their partnership with our kindergarten educators and respect the fact that legal strikes can be a normal part of the collective bargaining process in negotiating a collective agreement. We also hope that an agreement will be reached quickly and will continue to be communicated when information is available on www.dcdsb.ca/collectivebargaining.

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