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Province reaches tentative deal with Francophone teachers' union

Students in an art class. GETTY IMAGES/Caiaimage/Robert Daly

The union representing Ontario’s 10,000 French-language elementary and secondary teachers says it has reached a tentative agreement with the province and school boards.

AEFO president Carol Jolin says the union is holding off on work-to-rule action set to begin Friday pending ratification of the deal.

Details of the agreement remain under wraps until it is ratified, which Jolin says must happen by Oct. 16.

Ontario’s education minister says the deal is consistent with the government’s net-zero bargaining framework, meaning any salary increases are offset through the collective agreement.

The union had stepped away from the bargaining table Monday after receiving what it called an “unacceptable” offer from employers.

At the time, Jolin said the latest offer was “not just and fair when compared to offers made to two English-language unions.”

Meanwhile, it’s unclear when contract talks will resume between the Ontario government, public school boards and the union representing elementary teachers.

Agreements reached in August with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association have not been ratified yet, but contain raises of 1.5 per cent plus another one-per-cent bonus.