Negotiations between Catholic teachers, school board reach impasse

152 teachers in Sudbury could be on strike as soon as May 9

Negotiations between the Sudbury Catholic District School Board and its secondary school teachers have reached an impasse.

The teachers recently requested a “No Board” report, which indicates the parties are unable to reach an agreement. If a settlement is not reached, a legal strike or lockout can be launched as early as May 9.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association — the union representing the affected teachers — requested the aid of a conciliation officer in early March after negotiations with the school board failed to produce an agreement.

The parties have been in negotiations since November 2015.

This locally negotiated agreement is the second part of the teachers’ collective agreement. It accompanies the provincially negotiated 2014-2017 agreement, ratified by the OECTA, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association and the provincial government.

The Sudbury Secondary Unit of OECTA represents 152 members in four secondary schools and one adult educational school.

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