Contract ratified by occasional teachers at Catholic board
Catholic school board occasional teachers have ratified their contract.
The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board and the union representing the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, ratified their collective agreement Dec. 11.
The new agreement was sent to the ministry of education for review and approval. The local collective agreement is based upon the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by OECTA and the provincial government July 5.
“This is our first collective agreement to be ratified by both sides,” said Brian Beal, director of education, in a release. “And we hope for others to follow. We are extremely pleased with this outcome and we are confident of the ministry of education's approval. I thank OECTA and the occasional teachers, as well as our staff and trustees, for their hard work to achieve this agreement. It certainly reflects everyone’s commitment to student learning.”
The board offers faith-filled learning to approximately 21,000 students in its 52 Catholic schools throughout Simcoe County and the Districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound.
“Our members have expressed their approval for this new collective agreement that was arrived at through a collaborative effort between the Board and OECTA,” said Carlo Palermo, president of the OECTA bargaining unit. “We are pleased that this will set a path of harmony and good working relations with the board, so that we may continue to provide a positive learning environment for our students.”