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Elementary teachers ink two-year contract extension

News that the province’s elementary teachers have signed a tentative contract extension with the government leaves public high school teachers the only education union without a deal.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario said Thursday afternoon that its goals “were to negotiate terms that improve the working conditions of ETFO members and the learning conditions of Ontario’s elementary students.

“ETFO believes these goals have been achieved,” said president Sam Hammond.

Just hours before that agreement was announced, the province revealed a deal with the remaining school support staff union, the Ontario Council of Education Workers.

“Our goal with respect to any collective agreement is an agreement that promotes stability in the sector, is consistent with our fiscal plan, and achieves positive results for students and for those who work in the education system,” Education Minister Mitzie Hunter said in a statement.

Recent talks with the unions and trustees’ associations were “extremely collaborative and productive” and resulted in a tentative agreement to extend their current contract by two years, she said.

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