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The Ontario Secondary School Teachers` Federation and the government today announced the preliminary agreement. The union, which represents some 60,000 teachers and education employees, announced on April 20 a preliminary agreement with the province, which ended a round of tense negotiations. The Ontario Secondary Teachers` Union has reached a preliminary agreement with the provincial government that ends months of work. It was the last education union in the province that did it. In recent months, the province has entered into agreements with the Ontario Teachers` Federation, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers` Association and the Association des enseignants et des enseignants franco-ontariens. ONTARIO – The Ontario Secondary School Teachers` Federation (OSSTF) announced Monday, April 20, that it has reached an agreement with the province and its employers. Union president Harvey Bischof says teachers didn`t get everything they wanted in the deal, but the deal will create stability in the province`s schools. Ontario has reached a preliminary agreement with the last major teachers` union without a contract. In a statement Monday, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the province had tried throughout the negotiations to reach an agreement that sets out the priorities of students and parents. “Our top priority was to protect the education system by reaching an agreement that respects our members and ensures that students receive the best possible education,” said OSSTF President Harvey Bishof. “We thank our members for their support, solidarity and sacrifice during these many months of negotiations. Our union remains stronger and more united because it is on the front lines in this province. “Our priority has always been to make good deals with teachers` and teachers` unions that advance the priorities of students and parents.
That`s exactly what we`ve done by making deals with any education union in this province,” Lecce said. Details of the deal were not immediately available, but the union`s 60,000 members were able to vote on the preliminary deal early next month. Members of the Ontario High School Federation voted in favour of an agreement reached last month with the provincial government. #BREAKING: The sources say that @globalnewsto @osstf has reached an agreement with the government. The preliminary agreement includes the latest offer from @Sflecce on e-learning and class sizes. more will be #onted As part of the new convention, OSSTF President Harvey Bischof said large classes, mandatory e-learning and reduced funds to help students next September in Ontario schools “will still be a reality.” Bishop said the agreement “does not address all of our concerns,” but that after the pandemic ends, it will ensure greater stability in Ontario schools. The union, which represents Ontario`s public secondary school teachers, says it has signed a new three-year contract with the provincial government that ends a controversial back-and-forth between the two sides since September 2019. He also said that the government`s priority was to do “good business” with the education unions and “that`s exactly what we`ve done by making agreements with every education union in this province.” In recent months, the province has struck preliminary contracts with three other teachers` unions following controversial negotiations that have resulted in work stoppages and school closures.
“While this interim agreement does not address all of our concerns, we recognize the current environment we find ourselves in and the need for students to have stability as soon as this emergency is over.” Earlier this week, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement after reaching a preliminary agreement with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers` Federation (OSSTF) and the Ontario Public School Boards` Association (OPSBA) as well as osstf Education Workers and the Council of Trustees` Associations (CTA): We have reached a final agreement in these negotiations. . . .