The Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) has reached a new collective agreement with its employees, putting an end to months of negotiations. The agreement covers approximately 4,000 employees, including teachers, educational assistants, office staff, and custodians.

One of the main provisions of the agreement is a salary increase for all employees. The increase will be retroactive to September 1, 2020, and will continue until August 31, 2022. The amount of the increase varies depending on the employee`s position and years of service.

Another important provision of the agreement is the creation of a joint committee to address workloads and workload issues. The committee will be composed of representatives from the board and the union and will be responsible for developing strategies to reduce workload and improve working conditions.

The agreement also includes changes to the sick leave policy, which will benefit both employees and the board. The new policy provides employees with more flexibility in using their sick days and also allows the board to better manage sick leave absences.

The DCDSB collective agreement is an example of the importance of negotiations between employers and employees. By working together, both parties were able to reach an agreement that benefits everyone involved. The agreement ensures fair compensation and improved working conditions for employees and also promotes greater efficiency and productivity for the board.

For those looking for more specifics on the agreement, it is available on the DCDSB website and provides detailed information on all provisions. As negotiations continue in various industries and workplaces, the DCDSB agreement serves as an example of the importance of open communication and willingness to compromise in achieving a successful collective agreement.