High school teachers and province have a deal

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LCCVI teachers picketing in February.

All of Ontario’s teachers’ unions now have at least tentative contract agreements with the province.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the province announced a tentative deal today – OSSTF was the last union to reach a deal.

So far, no details have been released and likely won’t be before the vote.

OSSTF President Harvey Bischof in a news release says the union has been able to move the government on some of “its most egregious proposals.

“While this tentative agreement does not satisfy all of our concerns, we recognize the current environment we are in and the need for students to have stability once this emergency is over.

“Even now, educators continue to do their best for students during this crisis and look forward to welcoming them back to the face-to-face support we know is best for most students,” says Bischof.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce also applauded the deal.

“We will remain focused on the government’s dual priority of keeping students safe while ensuring the continuity of education,” says Lecce in a news release.

“We remain determined to continuously strengthen teacher-led learning and virtual learning for the benefit of our students, and we continue to look to our educators to rise to the challenge and deliver quality education to every child, wherever they may live.”