Ontario's English Catholic teachers ratify two-year contract extension

Ontario's English Catholic teachers have ratified an agreement to extend their contracts past the next provincial election.

Members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association voted 87 per cent in favour of the two-year extension, which gives them four per cent in raises and gives the Liberal government labour peace ahead of the June 2018 vote.

Teachers' and education workers' contracts were set to expire this August, and OECTA becomes the third major education union to ratify extensions to August 2019.

Ontario's French teachers and education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees have also voted in favour of their similar deals.

Elementary teachers, high school teachers and other support staff have all reached tentative deals with the government, but have not yet ratified them.

The last round of negotiations with the education unions saw support staff and elementary teachers staging work-to-rule campaigns and the government threatening to dock their pay.