The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has been advised that a tentative agreement has been reached at the central bargaining table between secondary teachers (OSSTF) and the school boards (OPSBA) and province. The agreement is tentative and requires ratification by the parties; the ratification process is expected to begin this week. The terms of the agreement remain confidential until ratification is complete. The agreement applies to secondary teachers and occasional teachers at the OCDSB.
“This is excellent news for secondary students and their families and for our staff” said Shirley Seward, Chair of the Board. “I am so pleased that the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) has been able to make such important progress with OSSTF prior to the start of the school year. Although we have not seen the details, I am hopeful that this will lay the foundation for fair and fully funded negotiated agreements with our other labour partners, provincially and locally”.
Director of Education Jennifer Adams agreed “This is very positive news and an excellent step forward in the negotiations process. Across the district, our staff is preparing for the first day of school onSeptember 8th and I know that everyone – staff, students and parents will be encouraged with this news.”
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board remains committed to negotiating local agreements with all of our employee groups. “We continue to schedule dates for negotiations with our employee groups and look forward to productive discussions” said Seward.
As always, more information will be posted to the district website at www.ocdsb.ca as soon as it becomes available.