TORONTO, November 23, 2015—“I’m pleased to acknowledge that on November 21, the Council of Trustees’ Association – comprised of Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques; the Ontario Public School Board Association and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) – successfully negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with the Education Workers Alliance of Ontario (EWAO),” stated OCSTA president, Kathy Burtnik.

EWAO represents education workers in 10 English Catholic District School Boards. OCSTA looks forward to the ratification of this agreement, details of which remain confidential until ratified by all parties.

This is the first tentative agreement with a council of unions achieved under the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act.

“We appreciate and value our education workers and look forward to ratification and moving forward in the best interests of our students,” added OCSTA’s president.

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 and adults in continuing education programs province-wide.

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