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May 7, 2004

Ontario government reaches deal with provincial schools teachers

From: CNW Telbec (Communiqués de presse), Canada - May 7, 2004

TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - A tentative contract agreement has been reached between the Ontario government and the union representing teachers at provincial schools for the deaf, blind and deaf-blind.

The agreement was announced by Management Board Chair Gerry Phillips and Beth Phieffer, President, Provincial Schools Authority Teachers (PSAT).

"I commend the negotiators for reaching a settlement that recognizes the important work that special needs teachers do in the community and inside our correctional facilities," said Phillips. "Better student achievement is a key priority for our government. Ratification of this deal by both sides will help us reach our common goal and end the uncertainty faced by students, their families and teachers," he said.

The tentative agreement must be ratified by PSAT and the provincial Cabinet before it is final.

"This is a settlement with the province that we can recommend to our members for ratification," said Phieffer.

PSAT represents approximately 250 teachers working at five provincial schools in Ontario that provide educational programs for deaf, blind and deaf- blind students. PSAT also represents teachers who provide services to adult offenders at two correctional institutions.

PSAT has been in negotiations with the Ontario government since its previous contract expired on August 31, 2003.

"Our goal has always been to work with our community partners to provide valuable, vital public services to the people of Ontario," said Phillips.

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