Toronto Elementary Teachers Union reaches tentative agreement with school board

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The union representing Toronto’s Catholic elementary teachers has reached a tentative agreement with the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB).

Toronto Elementary Catholic Teachers (TECT) announced the agreement on Saturday. With the agreement, the union said its zealousness campaign was suspended.

“I would like to thank the members for their support and advocacy during this difficult round of bargaining. This agreement will ensure that our members will continue to have the necessary classroom conditions that will best ensure the best possible learning environment for our students,” TECT President Julie Altomare-Di Nunzio said in a statement.

“I also thank all of our parents, students and communities for their patience and understanding.”

The union, which represents 5,000 permanent and casual primary school teachers in the TCDSB, said details of the agreement remain confidential as members have yet to ratify it.

The teachers have been without a contract since August 31, 2019. Talks between the union and the TCDSB began in February 2021 but broke down months later, prompting the start of the zealous campaign.

In January, the union submitted a formal notice to the council, informing it of plans to strike in some schools. However, TECT suspended the strike a few days later, citing “constructive dialogue” with the school board.

– with files by Chris Fox

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