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Public board, elementary teachers reach agreement

The York Region District School Board and teachers at its 180 elementary schools are both expressing gratitude after reaching a four-year collective agreement.

“On behalf of the board, I would like to extend our deep gratitude to our elementary teachers for their unwavering support of students and their families,” says Board Chair Ron Lynn.

The board ratified the agreement with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Teachers, York Region (ETFO-YR), whose members previously ratified the agreement through a membership vote.

Ron Lynn

“I am pleased that we have reached an agreement and would like to thank our Board staff and ETFO-YR for their leadership in ratifying this agreement,” Lynn says.

“Our teachers are genuinely and proudly dedicated and committed to ensuring that all students are provided with the conditions needed to learn, thrive, succeed, and feel safe and valued,” ETFO-YR President Pam Beetlestone says. “We are very pleased that our collective agreement has been ratified and thank our ETFO-YR leadership team and the Board’s leadership team for our partnership in ensuring an agreement was met. I am sincerely grateful for our ongoing professional and respectful relationships.”

The agreements between the YRDSB and ETFO-YR include items bargained locally. Under the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, central agreements govern all members across the province, while local agreements set out requirements to ETFO locals in a specific geographic area.

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