High school teach­ers plan in­for­mal talks with On­tario

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - AL­LI­SON JONES

The union rep­re­sent­ing On­tario’s high school teach­ers is plan­ning “in­for­mal talks” with the prov­ince next week to dis­cuss a re­turn to con­tract ex­ten­sion ne­go­ti­a­tions.

The On­tario Sec­ondary School Teach­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion is the only ed­u­ca­tion union to have not yet agreed to ex­tend their cur­rent deals to 2019 — past next year ’s pro­vin­cial elec­tion.

They had pre­vi­ously been in talks with the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment, and now union pres­i­dent Paul El­liott says the two sides will dis­cuss next week “if there’s enough com­mon ground to get back to the bar­gain­ing ta­ble.”

El­liott says there are only a few out­stand­ing is­sues.

On­tario’s French teach­ers and ed­u­ca­tion work­ers rep­re­sented by the Cana­dian Union of Pub­lic Em­ploy­ees have rat­i­fied their twoyear deals, with English Catholic teach­ers, ele­men­tary teach­ers and other sup­port work­ers still to vote on their ten­ta­tive deals.

Ra­dio-Canada has re­ported that the French teach­ers’ deal will see them get four per cent in raises over the two years as well as a 0.5-per-cent lump sum pay­ment. Those are the same com­pen­sa­tion terms as in the union deal as well as the Catholic teach­ers’ and ele­men­tary teach­ers’ agree­ments.

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