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AURORA, Ont. – Local 2331 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) reached a ground-breaking agreement last week with the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) that will help ensure a successful rollout of the new early learning program (ELP).

“We are very excited to have concluded this important step to making early learning a reality in York Region” said Elena DiNardo, President of CUPE 2331.

The letter of agreement incorporates the terms of the recently negotiated Provincial Discussion Table (PDT) agreement between the Province, school boards and the unions which represent the bulk of Ontario’s school board staff. The PDT agreement has now been incorporated into the current collective agreement between YCDSB and CUPE, and will be in effect until 2012.

“With school now underway, parents can know that the early learning professionals this agreement covers will be focused on making early learning a success at YCDSB by providing their children with the best possible education,” said DiNardo

Among other things, the agreement reached yesterday provides a framework for the orderly placement of early childhood educators (ECEs) into the board’s existing collective agreement, as well as establishing the role ECEs will play in the classroom.


For more information, contact:

Elena DiNardo CUPE Local 2331 President, 289-475-5454
Joanne Wilson, CUPE National Representative, 289-404-0797
Kevin Wilson, CUPE Communications, 416-821-6641