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Catholic elementary teachers ratify deal with province

It is the end of negotiations between the province and one of its teachers’ unions, with a positive outcome for students in Ontario’s Catholic elementary schools.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) ratified their agreement with Queen’s Park on Thursday.

A tentative agreement was reached on Aug. 25.

“We worked hard to address our members’ concerns and believe this agreement protects them, as well as the quality of education in our schools,” OECTA president Ann Hawkins said in a statement.

“We’re now looking forward to a productive and enriching school year for both teachers and students.”

It’s believed the agreement contains raises of 1.5 per cent plus another one-per-cent bonus.

OECTA, which represents 50,000 elementary and secondary school teachers in the province, had been in a legal strike position since Aug. 17.

Meanwhile, the Liberal government has reached a tentative agreement with the Francophone teachers’ union and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF). Like OECTA, members of OSSTF received raises of 1.5 per cent plus another one-per-cent bonus.

There is no agreement with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), which represents 76,000 teachers. The union has been in a legal strike position since May 10.