ONTARIO CATHOLIC TEACHERS UNION FILES FOR CONCILIATION

Jun 24, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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It has the makings for a potentially long, hot summer of teachers bargaining.

Several major unions have raised the possibility of strikes in September and the union representing Ontario’s approximately 55,000 English Catholic teachers has now filed for conciliation.

That could spell a walkout at the start of the new school year.

In a statement, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association says it has been unable to so far secure a ”fair and equitable deal” for its members.

But OECTA says it will continue bargaining with the government this summer in hopes of reaching a new deal.

Its members voted 94% in favour of a strike mandate in April.

President James Ryan says the union’s hoping to avoid disruptions to classes in September.

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