HWDSB and HWETL (ETFO) reach tentative local agreement
Hamilton, Ontario – June 23, 2020: Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and the local for Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) are pleased to announce that they have reached a tentative agreement for permanent elementary teachers.
HWDSB’s Board of Trustees approved the tentative local agreement at a Board meeting on Monday, June 22. It is expected to be presented to ETFO members for ratification in the near future. ETFO represents 2,398 teachers at HWDSB.
“We highly value ETFO members at HWDSB, and are pleased that months of respectful, committed and productive local negotiations have led to this tentative local agreement,” said Alex Johnstone, Chair of the Board at HWDSB. “We thank the members for all they do to support student success, and the bargaining team for the collective effort that went into this tentative agreement.”
The tentative agreement covers the period from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2022. As part of the agreement, the Board will receive annual Support for Students funding for two years. This funding will create school-based teacher positions to address special education, unique learning needs as well as mental health initiatives.
“On behalf of our members, our Collective Bargaining Table Team, and our Chief Negotiator Heather Aggus, the Local is pleased to be able to provide, along with the HWDSB, stability in public education in Hamilton-Wentworth. We hope that the ability and willingness of the board to come to a fair and reasonable Collective Agreement with its Elementary Teachers is a sign that our employer, the HWDSB, wants to foster, as we do, a professional and respectful working relationship,” said HWETL President Jeff Sorensen.
“HWETL members work hard to support student learning and well-being,” Sorensen added. “The HWETL Executive understands this Collective Agreement between the Board and the Local to be one which demonstrates the HWDSB‘s commitment to student learning through supporting and valuing teachers and their well-being.”
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