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College support staff have a tentative deal

Just as students return to Ontario’s 24 public colleges, full-time support staff have a tentative three-year agreement.

The College Employer Council said it and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union reached the deal earlier this week. The current collective agreement expired on Wednesday.

It still needs to be ratified by both sides. Those details will be announced soon, said the council.

24 June 2020. (BlackburnNews.com photo by Colin Gowdy)

“This tentative agreement ensures students remain a top priority and guarantees no disruption to the start of their semester,” said CEC Management Bargaining Chair Pascal Bessette.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the council issued a joint statement recognizing the important work performed by support staff.

“They are an integral part of the College sector, and Colleges value the contributions they continue to make,” it said.

The council said both parties worked hard at the bargaining table, and negotiations were respectful. It called the tentative agreement both fair and reasonable.

Details of the agreement won’t be made public until after the ratification votes.

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