Education workers represented by ETFO reach tentative contract deal

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The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario has reached a tentative contract agreement with the government for the education workers it represents.

The union does not yet have a deal for its 80,000 teacher members.

ETFO represents 3,500 education workers such as early childhood educators and education support personnel, and details of the tentative deal and a date for a ratification vote are set to be shared with those members later.

President Karen Brown says it shows that tentative agreements are possible when all parties are genuinely engaged and when the legal bargaining process is given a chance.

ETFO has rejected a proposal tentatively agreed to by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation that could see binding arbitration used to avoid the possibility of a strike.

Teachers represented by ETFO are voting until Oct. 17 on whether to give their union a strike mandate.