Labour sanctions by secondary school teachers and staff within the local public school board have been called off after a tentative agreement was reached early Tuesday morning between the Avon Maitland local of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation and the province.
The deal is subject to Minister of Education approval and ratification by both parties. No further details have been released at this time.
The board announced on Friday its staff, including teachers, office, clerical and technical workers, educational assistants, early childhood educators and professional student services people, would begin taking strike actions this week. The sanctions were to include abstaining from professional development activities, not participating in Education Ministry-led initiatives, and not communicating with parents outside of regular school hours.
“We have established a special page (www.yourschools.ca/job-action-updates) on the board’s website, where we will be providing regular updates on the impact of any job action on our schools and/or students,” Avon Maitland communications manager Steve Howe stated in a news release sent last week.
“Please note that the Avon Maitland District School Board is committed to keeping its schools functioning as normally as possible in the event of any job sanctions, and to maintaining a safe school environment for our students.”
Teachers’ unions have been without collective bargaining agreements with the education ministry since Aug. 30.
In September, the Ontario Legislature approved a bill that imposed terms and conditions on any future agreements with the unions; that bill is currently facing a legal challenge on the basis it contravenes teachers’ rights.