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Muskoka Post Staff
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation has reached a tentative agreement with the province.
Today, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement after reaching a tentative agreement with OSSTF, the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA), and the OSSTF Education Workers and the Council of Trustees' Associations (CTA):
"Our priority has always been to reach good deals with teachers' and education workers' unions, that advance the priorities of students and parents. That is exactly what we have done by reaching deals with every education union in this province.
During this entire process, our aim was to ensure our young people receive the best education we can offer, so they can develop the skills they need to succeed in the classroom and in the jobs of the future.
We will remain focused on the government's dual priority of keeping students safe while ensuring the continuity of education. Moreover, we remain determined to continuously strengthen teacher-led learning and virtual learning for the benefit of our students, and we continue to look to our educators to rise to the challenge and deliver quality education to every child, wherever they may live."
OSSTF union president Harvey Bischof released his own statement on the tentative deal.
“These are extraordinary times. When we began negotiations nearly a year ago, no one could have anticipated the situation we face today.
Our main priority has been to protect the education system by reaching a deal that respects our members and ensures students get the best education possible. We thank our members for their support, solidarity, and sacrifice during these many months of negotiations. Our union remains stronger and more united because of their demonstrated commitment on the front lines across this province.
With the support of the public and our members, we mounted a strong public awareness campaign that highlighted the government's dangerous approach to education. As a result of our combined efforts, this government, although early in its term and holding a majority, was pushed back from some of its most egregious proposals.
While this tentative agreement does not satisfy all of our concerns, we recognize the current environment we are in and the need for students to have stability once this emergency is over.”