Ontario public high school teachers ratify contract with the province

OSSTF: "Members won't forget this government's efforts to undermine publicly-funded education in Ontario"

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation confirms members have agreed to a new contact with the government.

The union reached a tentative deal with the province and school boards in late April following six months of negotiations which included several weeks of rotating strikes by teachers.

In a statement, OSSTF President Henry Bischof said larger class sizes, mandatory e-learning, and reduced funding for student supports “will still be a reality” in Ontario schools next September.

“While we were able to fend off some of the Ford government’s most egregious attacks on education, members will not forget this government’s efforts to undermine publicly-funded education in Ontario,” Bischof said in the statement.

OSSTF had previously said it was fighting the government’s moves to increase class sizes and mandatory online learning-proposals the PC’s mostly put into reverse several months ago.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce insisted the talks were about compensation, with the government offering a one per cent salary increase and the teachers’ asking for about a two per cent hike.