Today`s news marks the end of a bitter struggle between the province and teachers in Ontario. Ontario elementary school teachers have ratified their new contract with the provincial government. The province has now reached agreements with all the major teachers` unions in the province. Education Minister Stephen Lecce claimed the conversations were about compensation, with the government asking teachers for a 1 per cent pay rise and teachers about 2 per cent. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers` Federation (OSSTF), which represents 60,000 public secondary school teachers and education workers, said Monday that local leaders will review the agreement in the coming days before members` ratification votes are tentatively scheduled for May. “This etfo preliminary agreement is giving new impetus to the agreements and progress that students deserve under last week`s preliminary agreement with the English Catholics Association of Ontario (OECTA),” Lecce said in a press release Friday. ETFO will review the details of its preliminary central agreements and ratification process with local leaders and ETFO members next week. Among the problems faced by the various unions were the increase in class sizes in high school, compulsory online courses for high school students, social benefits and a recruitment scheme that gives teachers with more seniority an advantage in the choice of casual and permanent apprenticeship places in the long term. About 97 percent of teachers and teachers voted in favor of the deal, the union said, and 94 percent of education workers voted to continue the new contract. In recent months, following controversial negotiations that have led to work stoppages and school closures, the province has struck preliminary contracts with three other teachers` unions. . .