The OECD represents about 45,000 primary and secondary school teachers in the publicly funded Catholic school system. “Recent discussions with the Ontario Association of Catholic Teachers and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees` Association have been extremely cooperative and productive and have resulted in a preliminary agreement to extend their current contract by two years,” said Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter. Teachers have been involved in work to govern and have conducted frequent one-day provincial strikes, although these have recently been frozen. The union said that at that time, the details of the preliminary agreement remain confidential. If the new agreement is ratified, the treaties will be valid until 2019. #OECTA has reached a preliminary agreement with the Ontario Catholic School Trust Association and the Government of Ontario on the essential terms of a new collective agreement. Read below a statement from President Liz Stuart. Members, check your email for a trading update. pic.twitter.com/NtHcZK4X4B TORONTO — The union, which represents Ontario`s Catholic English teachers, has reached a preliminary agreement with the province after months of discussions. All strikes by the Catholic Teachers` Association of Ontario (OECD) have been suspended because the union has entered into a preliminary contractual agreement with the provincial government and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees` Association. Education Minister Stephen Lecce said he would focus in the future on reaching agreements with other teachers` unions. If the agreement is recommended for approval, Catholic teachers will participate in a provincial vote on April 7 and 8. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers` Federation is the only teachers` union that has not been called back to resume talks.
The province also held talks with the Ontario Elementary Teachers Federation and the AEFO, which represents French teachers. Sources told the star that the preliminary agreement also diluted Regulation 274, a hiring provision that prefers longest-running teachers on the list of offers long-term contracts and new positions — a rule introduced to curb nepotism. However, the situation with the high school teachers remains tense. .