The Ontario English Catholic Teachers` Association reached a preliminary agreement with the province on March 12. Members of the Ontario Elementary Teachers` Federation (ETFO) voted in favour of centralized collective bargaining with the Ontario government. Ontario Public School Boards` Association and Council of Trustees` Associations: #BREAKING: Education Minister`s Statement @Sflecce on Interim Agreement @ETFOeducators #onpoli #onted pic.twitter.com/BIHYPUx2KN January-February 2017 ETFO has conducted negotiations with the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) and the Board of Trustees (CTA) and the Crown for teacher renewal, the 2014-2017 DECE and PSP collective agreements. Renewal agreements for 2017 for casual teachers and teaching workers were ratified by members and local residents on March 4, 2017. ETFO residents will now work with their respective school boards to negotiate local collective agreements. “ETFO is a democratic organization and ultimately it is membership that will decide whether this interim agreement is acceptable,” Hammond added. “Local leaders will now focus on reaching agreements within their respective school boards.” The only obstacles to an agreement with the four major unions are the Ontario Secondary School Teachers` Federation (OSSTF) and the Franco-Ontarian Teachers` Association (AEFO). “ETFO will next week review the details of its interim central agreements and the ratification process with local leaders and ETFO members.” On March 20, 2020, ETFO reached an interim central agreement with the Ontario Public Schools Association (OPSBA) and the Crown (i.e., the Ontario government), as well as an interim central agreement between teachers with the Trustes` Associations Council (CTA) and the Crown. As a result, the EtFO Steering Committee approved the conditions, but the final decision is in the hands of the 83,000 et al. “ETFO will next week review the details of its interim central agreements and the ratification process with EtFO leaders and local members,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. In a statement to members of the Ontario Elementary Teachers` Federation (ETFO), the union said local presidents and chief negotiators will review the terms of the agreement Wednesday in a phone call to City Hall. Lecce expressed his hope and optimism for the interim agreement, which also applies to teaching assistants and the School Board Association: “This interim ETFO agreement creates additional momentum for the agreements and progress that students deserve after being signed last week with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association.” The union, which represents public primary school teachers in Ontario and the province, reached an interim agreement after months of barganing.

Hammond stated that ETFO`s provincial board of directors had in the meantime approved the terms of the interim central agreements and that the decision to accept the seismations ultimately fell to ETFO`s 83,000 members. Tsekouras, P. (2020, March 21). The Ontario government has reached an interim agreement with ETFO. In toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-government-reaches-tentative-agreement-with-etfo-1.4862278, ETFO issued a statement on the interim agreement in which union president Sam Hammond said the negotiation process that led to Friday`s development was “very long and difficult.” The Elementary Teachers` Federation of Ontario is the largest teachers` union in the province of Ontario. Given the recent success of a preliminary agreement reached last month with the Ontario Teachers` Association in English (OECD), Lecce remains confident that an agreement will be reached with the two remaining unions.