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School board and union ratify new agreement

NNDSB and OSSTF sign a four-year local collective contract
The Near North District School Board

The Near North District School Board (NNDSB) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) District 4 Educational Student Support Professional Unit (ESSP) have signed a four-year agreement.

The ESSP represents education assistants, designated early childhood educators and professional student services personnel members. The deal is retroactive, and covers the period of September 1st, 2022, to August 31st, 2026.

Troy Simkins, president of OSSTF District 4 ESSP, noted that the agreement allows “members to continue to support students, while addressing the working conditions of our members.”

“A big thank you goes out to our local negotiating team for the hard work they put in on behalf of our membership,” he added.

Ashley St. Pierre, the Interim Chair of the NNDSB, noted the board “is grateful that the negotiating teams have been able to achieve this collective agreement.” She also acknowledged the “vital” work provided by union members, “creating safe, caring and supportive educational environments for our students.”