TORONTO, November 2, 2015–“I am pleased to report that the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) as part of the Council of Trustees’ Associations and the provincial government have together successfully negotiated a tentative agreement on central terms of a collective agreement for CUPE education workers in Ontario’s schools,” said Kathy Burtnik, President of OCSTA.

CUPE represents education workers in 26 English Catholic School Boards.

“Working within the Council of Trustees’ Association enabled us to achieve this first agreement under the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act. We appreciate and value our education workers and look forward to ratification in order to move forward in the best interests of our students,” added OCSTA’s president.

The details of the agreement remain confidential until ratified by all parties.

Negotiations continue with other unions representing various education workers employed in Catholic schools and board offices.

The Council of Trustees’ Associations is a partnership between the following four Associations: Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l’Ontario; Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques; Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association; and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association is the provincial voice for Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents all English Catholic school boards and collectively educates 545,000 students in Ontario from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Sharon McMillan, Director of Communications
Tel: 416-932-9460 ext. 232  /  cell: 416-460-7937