Tentative agreement reached with OCEW


Toronto, April 4, 2020 – The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) and the provincial government have successfully negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with the Ontario Council of Education Workers (OCEW).

“Despite the challenges caused by the current COVID-19 situation, all of the parties continued to work towards reaching a deal that will help to bring some stability to our system during what is obviously an unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation,” said OPSBA President Cathy Abraham. “Education workers play an important role in our schools, and this agreement is a recognition that we value the contribution they make to the educational experience of our students every day.”

The details of the agreement remain confidential until ratified by all parties. 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

OPSBA continues to negotiate with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation with the best interests of students in mind. 

For this negotiation, the CTA is a partnership between the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

For more information, please contact:

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

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association represents English public district school boards and public school authorities across Ontario, which together serve more than 1.3 million public elementary and secondary students. The Association advocates on behalf of the best interests and needs of the public school system in Ontario. OPSBA is seen as the credible voice of public education in Ontario and is routinely called on by the provincial government for input and advice on legislation and the impact of government policy directions.