NEWS RELEASE

Cooperation Key to Catholic School System’s Collective Bargaining Success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto—November 27, 2008—Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic school boards are pleased to acknowledge that the negotiations for new four-year collective agreements covering all elementary and secondary teachers in the province’s publicly-funded Catholic schools have successfully concluded. As well, collective agreements with other employee groups are in place at most Catholic boards.

“This is good news for publicly funded education in Ontario. With the majority of our negotiations concluded, our focus and energy can be fully directed to the programs and services that our boards and employees deliver to our students and communities every day,” stated Paula Peroni, president of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association.

“The provincial discussion table provided a template for boards to negotiate 190 local agreements across the province with teachers and support staff bargaining units,” explained Peroni. “The process has been a challenging one. However, by dealing with monetary issues at the provincial level, the framework agreement allowed local boards and bargaining units to concentrate on settling local issues. The successful conclusion of these talks is due to the cooperation, goodwill and hard work of all the provincial and local parties involved.”

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association is the provincial voice for Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents Catholic school boards that collectively educate more