OPSBA Ratifies Settlement Reached with Ontario Council of Education Workers


May 5, 2020, Toronto – The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that it has ratified the tentative settlement that was reached with the Ontario Council of Education Workers (OCEW) on April 4, 2020.

“Throughout this process our goal has been to negotiate agreements that are fully-funded, fair, and fiscally responsible. This agreement will help ensure a stable and productive learning environment for our students,” said OPSBA President Cathy Abraham. “Despite the many challenges caused by the current pandemic situation, the parties continued to work towards reaching a deal that will help to bring some stability to our system during what is obviously a rapidly evolving situation. I want to personally thank the OPSBA negotiating teams, which consist of both OPSBA staff and school board directors and senior staff, for their commitment to this process. They often worked late into the night and over many weekends to achieve these agreements.”

OCEW is composed of:

  • COPE Ontario
  • Educational Resource Facilitators of Peel
  • Essex and Kent Counties Skilled Trades Council
  • Labourers’ International Union of North America
  • Maintenance and Construction Skilled Trades Council
  • Ontario Public Service Employees Union
  • Unifor

For this negotiation, OPSBA was part of the Council of Trustees’ Association, which is a partnership between the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

Ratified deals or tentative agreements have now been reached with all education sector unions.

For more information, please contact:

Shane Gonsalves
Managing Director, Government Relations and Public Affairs
Ontario Public School Boards’ Association