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Ontario elementary teachers ratify two-year contract extension

Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter says the tentative deal, if ratified, would extend the ETFO’s contract by two years.

Christopher Katsarov/The Globe and Mail

Elementary teachers in Ontario have ratified a contract extension that gives them raises, caps kindergarten class sizes and gives the government labour peace.

Teachers' and education workers' contracts were set to expire this August, but the Liberal government negotiated two-year extensions with them, which takes the deals to August 2019.

That means no contentious education bargaining before the June 2018 election, and no repeat of the work-to-rule campaigns and docked pay that happened during the last round.

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The Elementary School Teachers' Federation vote means the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation is the only major union still to ratify their tentative deal.

In details of all of the deals made public so far, the teachers and support staff will get four-per-cent raises over two years.

The ETFO deal also contains a government promise to introduce caps on full-day kindergarten class sizes at 30 next year and 29 the year after.

It also contains government funding of $89 million over the two years for education supports and hiring special education teachers.

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