TORONTO — Today, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce issued the following statement in response to the ratification of the central agreement with the Ontario Council of Educational Workers (OCEW), the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA).
“I would like to congratulate OCEW, OPSBA and OCSTA for the ratification of the 2019-22 central agreement.
Like our deals with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Education Workers’ Alliance of Ontario (EWAO), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), our primary objective was to reach good deals with teachers’ and education workers’ unions, that will advance the priorities of students and parents.
Education workers play a critical role in promoting positive learning environments for students in all corners of our province — they provide a safe and stimulating educational environment that promotes growth and learning.
Our government demonstrated an unwavering commitment to reaching deals that will protect our children’s futures and invest in their potential. We now have tentative central agreements with everyone and have delivered six ratified deals to date.”