Ontario's tentative deal with elementary teachers offers annual salary, benefits boost
TORONTO -- Ontario's elementary teachers have agreed to salary increases of one per cent a year for three years but will get higher benefit increases than the government originally sought.
The Canadian Press has obtained a memo of highlights that the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario sent to its members about the tentative contract deal it recently reached with the provincial government.
The government had previously said it would not budge beyond an offer to increase both wages and benefits by one per cent per year, but ETFO secured four per cent annual increases to benefits.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce had also wanted concessions on a regulation that dictates seniority-based hiring, but while the agreement doesn't come with any such concessions, it also doesn't come with guarantees that the government can't make changes to it.
The agreement also contains a Support for Students fund, which ETFO says will create about 434 teacher positions, meant to address areas such as special education, English language learners, and mental-health initiatives.
The government has also made a "binding, enforceable" commitment in writing to maintain the current full-day kindergarten structure, with one teacher and one early childhood educator.
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