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Teachers, board nearing agreement

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After two days of sitting down together, local secondary school teachers and the Rainy River District School Board are close to reaching a settlement in contract negotiations.

“We had two productive days of talks,” said Brian Church of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation District 5B bargaining unit this morning.

He said that some things were settled and some were taken off the table during their negotiations Tuesday and yesterday.

“It was more productive than our other meetings for sure,” he continued. “Both sides were looking for a deal. Both sides want a deal.

“As deals come down across the province, we’re getting more done,” Church concluded. “We’re actually negotiating this time—not running around in circles.”

He explained that despite the progress there is still more negotiating to be done.

“We had a couple of stumbling blocks and have just some key issues to work out,” he said. “We did not reach an agreement.”

According to Church, since there has been no agreement reached, teachers now will be increasing their sanctions.

“We’ll be moving into Phase Two of sanctions,” he said, though the extent of the sanctions and how they will affect students are not known yet. Decisions to that effect will be made in the next day or two but Church is confident it won’t disrupt classes.

He said sanctions will continue until the next round of negotiations slated for April 23-24. Church is confident things will be wrapped up then.

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