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Teachers strike averted, tentative deal reached

Marathon bargaining session leads to contract agreement.
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The Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board (Leith Dunick,

THUNDER BAY -- The ongoing dispute between elementary teachers and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board appears to be over.

The board on Saturday announced it had reached a tentative deal and the strike planned at three schools scheduled for Monday has been called off. The subsequent lockout ordered by the board for Tuesday was also cancelled.

Work-to-rule sanctions, in effect since last fall, will also cease, according to a release issued by the board.

“We are both pleased that the hardships faced by students, teachers, board staff and families will now come to a conclusion,” the board said in the release.

Aldo Grillo, president of the Thunder Bay unit of the Ontario Elementary Catholic Teachers Association also confirmed a tentative deal had been reached.

The union is expected to vote on the deal on Thursday night.

Teachers had been fighting for increased say in the board’s internal hiring process.

No details of the deal were released.