Work sanctions avoided as school board, teachers sign tentative agreement
London Community News
London secondary school students won’t be affected by any job actions by their teachers after a tentative contract agreement was reached between the union and school board.
Following a marathon bargaining session over the weekend, the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) came to the agreement just hours before secondary school teachers were set to begin work sanctions against the board.
Board Chair Joyce Bennett said she is extremely pleased TVDSB has come to a tentative agreement with the secondary school teachers union.
“We of course want what’s best for our students and staff and I think getting this tentative agreement on the eve of sanctions is wonderful,” said Bennett in a news release.
If school boards and OSSTF are not able to reach a deal acceptable to the provincial government by Dec. 31, the Minister of Education had said the deal it reached with OECTA (Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association) will stand.
TVDSB’s tentative agreement, subject to approval by the Minister of Education, will be presented to trustees at Tuesday night’s (Nov. 20) board meeting.
TVDSB teachers are in a legal strike position and were set to begin sanctions against the board Monday (Nov. 19). As a result of the tentative agreement, OSSTF has agreed not to begin the sanctions.