HWDSB and OSSTF reach tentative local agreement
Hamilton, Ontario – May 26, 2020: Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) are pleased to announce that they have reached a tentative local agreement for permanent and occasional secondary teachers.
HWDSB’s Board of Trustees approved the tentative local agreement at a Board meeting on Monday, May 25. It is expected to be presented to OSSTF members for ratification in the near future. OSSTF represents approximately 1,350 teachers at HWDSB.
“HWDSB is thrilled that months of respectful, committed and productive local negotiations have led to this tentative local agreement together with OSSTF,” said Alex Johnstone, Chair of the Board at HWDSB. “We’re proud of our collective work in reaching this collective agreement. OSSTF members are highly valued in the education system and are integral to supporting student success.”
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 the membership and the bargaining committee, I would like to recognize the support and goodwill of HWDSB’s management group and Trustees during this process,” said Daryl Jerome, District 21 Teachers’/Occasional Teachers’ Bargaining Unit President.
“Our members work hard every day to support student learning and well-being at HWDSB,” Jerome added. “Our bargaining committee values the high levels of co-operation and commitment required to achieve this tentative agreement.”
Shawn McKillop, APR
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