Members of the Niagara Elementary Unit have resoundingly approved the agreement with the Niagara Catholic District School Board on local terms for the 2014-17 collective agreement, with 99.2 per cent voting in favour of ratification.
“We are very pleased to have reached a fair settlement,” says Unit President Marie Balanowski. “We appreciate all of the support we received from parents, the community, and our fellow OECTA members during this difficult time.”
OECTA President Ann Hawkins attended the ratification meeting, and says it was evident that Niagara’s Catholic elementary teachers are dedicated to their profession and committed to one another. “This was certainly a tough round of negotiations, but I am impressed by how the members have been galvanized in their fight for respect and recognition. We are all glad that the bargaining team was able to reach an agreement and teachers have returned to the classroom.”
There are two local bargaining units still without local terms for the 2014-17 collective agreement. Bargaining for Thunder Bay Occasional is underway, and dates are currently being set for negotiations to resume for Niagara Occasional.