OPSBA/CTA Reaches Tentative Agreement with OSSTF at the Central Bargaining Table


Toronto, April 20, 2020 – The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that OPSBA and the provincial government have successfully negotiated a tentative agreement with Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) teachers. OPSBA is also pleased to announce the Association, the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA), and the provincial government have reached a tentative agreement with OSSTF education workers.

“Despite the many operational challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the collective bargaining process, all of the parties continued to work towards reaching a deal that will help bring stability to our system during what is obviously a rapidly evolving situation,” said OPSBA President Cathy Abraham. “Our secondary teachers and education workers will play a very important role in guiding our students through the challenging time ahead. This agreement is a recognition that we value the contribution they make to the educational experience of our students every day. We look forward to working together to ensure that we are able to provide an educational experience that is focused on the success and well-being of our students. We have now reached deals or tentative central agreements with all education unions. 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.”

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

For the education workers component of this negotiation, the Council of Trustees’ Associations is a partnership of OPSBA, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA), the Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques (AFOCSC), and the Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l’Ontario (ACÉPO).

For more information, please contact:

Shane Gonsalves, sgonsalves@opsba.org
Managing Director, Government Relations and Public Affairs
Ontario Public School Boards’ Association