The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario says it will be returning to the bargaining table before the start of the 2015/2016 school year.
The union announced Thursday evening it will begin talks with the school board on September 1st.
The ETFO represents around 76,000 public elementary school teachers. The union has been in a legal strike position since May, when it began a work-to-rule campaign where teachers withdrew from Ministry of Education initiatives, including EQAO testing. Wages, class sizes, hiring practices, and teacher preparation times have been among the major points of contention in negotiations, which halted on May 11th.
Talks are also resuming with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers, and are scheduled to pick up with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.
On Wednesday, Education Minister Liz Sandals expressed optimism about contract agreements being reached before classes resume on September 8th.