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Peel board, OSSTF holding media blackout until bargaining process complete

Last Updated Jun 12, 2015 at 2:15 pm EDT

Secondary school teachers in Peel take to the picket lines, May 4, 2015. 680 NEWS/Carl Hanstke

The Peel District School Board and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) District 19 say they are engaging in a media blackout until the bargaining process is complete.

At a meeting on Tuesday, the board and OSSTF agreed that their focus “must be on preparing for the legislated mediation/arbitration process outlined in Bill 103, Protecting the School Year Act, 2015.”

In a release, the board said both parties won’t be making any statements or speaking to the media about the state of the negotiation process.

They are hoping to to finalize their local agreement in early fall.

Last month, the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) ruled that the strikes by teachers in Peel, Durham and Sudbury were illegal.

A couple of days later, the provincial government passed back-to-work legislation for striking secondary teachers in Peel, Durham and Rainbow district boards. The legislation ensures OSSTF is prevented from legally striking in the three affected school boards for the remainder of 2014-2015 school year.