Labour Updates


Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF)

Labour Update #10 - April 20, 2020

A tentative contract agreement with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) has been reached between the Ontario government and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA). 

OSSTF has said ratification votes are tentatively planned for May. A tentative agreement with the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has already been signed, with ratification votes starting later this week. Talks on local issues continue between local OSSTF and ETFO bargaining units and the Thames Valley District School Board.

“We are very pleased that tentative agreements have now been reached with our teacher unions so that we can turn our full attention to the extraordinary challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Board Chair Arlene Morell

“As students are asked to continue their learning through this historic public health crisis, teachers and education workers are more important than ever in providing the educational supports students need to adapt and succeed during these challenging times,” added Chair Morell.

Labour Update #9 - March 18, 2020
OSSTF has announced that it will be suspending strike action indefinitely to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
Labour Update #8 - March 6, 2020

In an effort to keep our families informed, we are advising that the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) has communicated that it will pause all rotating strikes beginning next week through March 27. This means there are no planned strike days between March 6 and March 27, 2020. ALL TVDSB secondary schools will be open March 9-13 and March 23-27. As a reminder, March Break occurs March 16-20.

 Full details of OSSTF’s latest announcement may be found at: https://www.osstf.on.ca/en-CA/news/media-release-mar-06-2020.aspx

OSSTF is in negotiations with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) to achieve a new collective agreement for secondary teachers.

Thames Valley places a high priority on the safety of students and is confident that OSSTF members will continue to put student safety first. 

Thames Valley will continue to communicate updates on current labour negotiations directly with parents/guardians. As always, for ongoing labour updates, please visit www.tvdsb.ca/labourupdates and follow @tvdsb on Twitter and Facebook.

Labour Update #7 - February 21, 2020

As of this post (3:45 pm on Feb 21), all TVDSB schools are open the week of February 24, 2020.

Today, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) announced a one-day rotating strike day for Friday, February 28. The TVDSB is not impacted by this strike day.

Currently, we have no notice/information from the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) regarding strike days planned for next week. This may change as more information becomes available.

Labour Update #6 - February 12, 2020

Today, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) announced that both unions will be participating in a one-day walkout (full strike) on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Thames Valley has no other option but to close all elementary and secondary schools to students as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure their safety. As a result, parents/guardians should begin making alternate arrangements for their children.

For information on Before and After School child care open full-day for families currently registered, please contact your child care operator for details ​on locations and hours of operation. Child Care Centres located in TVDSB schools will remain open to families already registered.

ETFO and OSSTF are in negotiations with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) to achieve a new collective agreement for teachers.

Should there be any significant updates, we will communicate directly with parents/guardians. As always, for ongoing labour updates, please visit www.tvdsb.ca/labourupdates and follow @tvdsb on Twitter and Facebook.

Labour Update #5 – January 30, 2020

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has announced that its members will conduct a one-day walkout at 10 school boards across Ontario, including Thames Valley District School Board, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. 

TVDSB has no other option but to close all secondary schools to students on February 4 as there is insufficient supervision to ensure student safety. This includes ALL secondary schools and Adult and Continuing Education. All out-of-school activities (e.g. field trips, sports, etc.) will be cancelled. Parents/guardians should make alternate arrangements for their children if required.

Labour Update #4 - December 13, 2019
OSSTF is conducting a one-day walkout at 10 boards, including Thames Valley District School Board, on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. TVDSB has no other option but to close all secondary schools to students on December 18 as there is insufficient supervision to ensure student safety. This includes ALL secondary schools and Adult and Continuing Education. All out-of-school activities (e.g. field trips, sports, etc.) will be cancelled. Parents/guardians should make alternate arrangements for their children if required.
Labour Update #3 - December 3, 2019

OSSTF is conducting a province-wide, one-day walkout on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, and will return to work on Thursday, December 5, 2019. TVDSB has no other option but to close all secondary schools to students today as there is insufficient supervision to ensure student safety. This includes ALL secondary schools and Adult and Continuing Education. All out-of-school activities (e.g. field trips, sports, etc.) are cancelled. Parents/guardians should make alternate arrangements for their children if required.

Labour Update #2 - November 29, 2019
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) has announced that if a tentative agreement is not reached at the central bargaining table, its members will conduct a province-wide, one-day walkout (full withdrawal of services) on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 and return to work on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

We are hopeful that an agreement will be reached, however if there is a walkout on December 4, TVDSB has no other option but to close all secondary schools to students as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure student safety. This includes ALL secondary schools and Adult and Continuing Education. All out-of-school activities (e.g. field trips, sports, etc.) will also be cancelled on that day. As a result, parents/guardians should make alternate arrangements for their children if required.

We appreciate your ongoing understanding, patience and support of our students. If an agreement is reached, secondary schools will remain open on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. For timely notifications, please subscribe to our Labour Updates page and social media channels.

Please note: All elementary schools will be open to students on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Labour Update #1 - November 22, 2019

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation of Ontario (OSSTF) has announced that its members across Ontario are ready to begin administrative job action starting Tuesday November 26, 2019.

OSSTF has said its members may be set up information pickets before or after school, or during lunch periods, along with other actions outlined on OSSTF’s website: https://www.osstf.on.ca/en-CA/news/mr-nov-21-2019.aspx

Contract talks between OSSTF and the Ministry of Education are currently taking place at the central bargaining table in Toronto. The Thames Valley District School Board is hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached prior to the start of job action. 

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced earlier that its members across Ontario are ready to begin a work-to-rule job action, also starting Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

More details about ETFO’s job action may be found on its website: https://etfocb.ca/strike-protocol-work-to-rule-phase-1/

If job action commences, all schools will remain open and teachers and administrators will continue to be focussed on supporting the learning needs of students. 

Thames Valley places a high priority on the safety of students and is confident that OSSTF and ETFO members will continue to put student safety first. 

Parents and Guardians will be provided with the latest updates as needed on Thames Valley school websites and on social media channels.

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

Labour Update #13 - March 20, 2020

A tentative agreement has been announced between the Ontario Ministry of Education, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA), and ETFO Education Workers and the Council of Trustees' Associations (CTA). 

ETFO will now review details of the tentative agreement and begin the ratification vote process with ETFO local leaders and members next week. ETFO is suspending strike action immediately pending the results of its central ratification votes.

Labour Update #12 - February 25, 2020

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has announced that its Phase 6 strike protocol will begin Wednesday, February 26, 2020. While the union will expand its work-to-rule campaign, Thames Valley elementary schools remain open until at least March 6.

If no progress is made toward a contract agreement by Friday, March 6, ETFO says it will commence the next phase of its strike protocol on Monday, March 9.

Full details of ETFO’s latest announcement may be found at: https://etfocb.ca/phase-6-strike-protocol/

ETFO is in negotiations with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) to achieve a new collective agreement for elementary teachers.

Thames Valley places a high priority on the safety of students and is confident that ETFO members will continue to put student safety first. 

Thames Valley will continue to communicate updates on current labour negotiations directly with parents/guardians. As always, for ongoing labour updates, please visit www.tvdsb.ca/labourupdates and follow @tvdsb on Twitter and Facebook.

Labour Update #11 - February 21, 2020

As of this post (3:45 pm on Feb 21), all TVDSB schools are open the week of February 24, 2020.

Today, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) announced a one-day rotating strike day for Friday, February 28. The TVDSB is not impacted by this strike day.

Currently, we have no notice/information from the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) regarding strike days planned for next week. This may change as more information becomes available.

Labour Update #10 - February 12, 2020

Today, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) announced that both unions will be participating in a one-day walkout (full strike) on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Thames Valley has no other option but to close all elementary and secondary schools to students as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure their safety. As a result, parents/guardians should begin making alternate arrangements for their children.

For information on Before and After School child care open full-day for families currently registered, please contact your child care operator for details ​on locations and hours of operation. Child Care Centres located in TVDSB schools will remain open to families already registered.

ETFO and OSSTF are in negotiations with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) to achieve a new collective agreement for teachers.

Should there be any significant updates, we will communicate directly with parents/guardians. As always, for ongoing labour updates, please visit www.tvdsb.ca/labourupdates and follow @tvdsb on Twitter and Facebook.

Labour Update #9 - February 7, 2020
REMINDER: Term One Report Cards

The Thames Valley District School Board’s production of Report Cards for more than 56,000 elementary students relies on the electronic entry of data by teachers. As Term One ends Friday, February 14, and while regular assessment practices will continue, per labour sanctions, elementary teachers are writing and providing marks but have not input them electronically. After exploring every possible solution, at this time, we are unable to provide parents/guardians with Term One Report Cards for elementary students.

Marks will also not be provided to families or students at this time. Providing marks without comments and context would not provide fulsome feedback on student achievement of curriculum expectations. Our elementary teachers are skilled professionals who keep families informed about the progress of their children throughout the school year. As always, parents/guardians can contact their child’s teacher to learn about their child’s progress.

Labour Update #8 - February 4, 2020

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has announced that, should there be no progress in negotiations, its members will conduct a full withdrawal of services in the Thames Valley District School Board on Thursday, February 6 (as previously announced), Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Schools will be OPEN February 5, 7, 12, 13 and 14.

Thames Valley has no other option but to close all ELEMENTARY schools to students as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure their safety. As a result, parents/guardians should begin making alternate arrangements for their children. Phase 5 of labour action announced on January 27,  also outlines that members will not participate in any extracurricular activities at this time.

For information on Before and After School child care open full-day for families currently registered, please contact your child care operator for details ​on locations and hours of operation. Child Care Centres located in TVDSB schools will remain open to families already registered.

ETFO is in negotiations with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) to achieve a new collective agreement for elementary teachers.

Should there be any significant updates, we will communicate directly with parents/guardians. As always, for ongoing labour updates, please visit www.tvdsb.ca/labourupdates and follow @tvdsb on Twitter and Facebook.

Labour Update #7 - January 27, 2020

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has announced today that, should there be no progress in negotiations, its members will conduct a full withdrawal of services in the Thames Valley District School Board on Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 6, 2020. Schools will be open Monday February 3, Wednesday, February 5 and Friday, February 7.

Thames Valley has no other option but to close all ELEMENTARY schools to students as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure their safety. As a result, parents/guardians should begin making alternate arrangements for their children. The initiation of Phase 5 of ETFO labour action also outlines that members will not participate in any extracurricular activities at this time. 

For information on Before and After School child care open full-day for families currently registered, please contact your child care operator for details ​on locations and hours of operation. Child Care Centres located in TVDSB schools will remain open to families already registered.

ETFO is in negotiations with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) to achieve a new collective agreement for elementary teachers.

Should there be any significant updates, we will communicate directly with parents/guardians. As always, for ongoing labour updates, please visit www.tvdsb.ca/labourupdates and follow @tvdsb on Twitter and Facebook.

Labour Update #6 - January 23, 2020

NEW INFORMATION ON REPORT CARDS

ETFO members have been engaged in legal provincial job action since November 2019. As part of this job action, teachers are currently not able to:

• complete Term 1 Report Cards – teachers will provide the school administrator with a class list of marks for the various subjects/strands taught, or one brief comment per frame for the Kindergarten Communication of Learning;

• undertake the role of report card administrator;

• file the Progress Report, the Term 1 Report Card or the Kindergarten Communication of Learning.

While teachers will be submitting marks on paper, they are not able to enter marks, learning skills and/or comments electronically into report card software that would enable report cards to be printed and provided to parents/guardians. 

The production of report cards for Thames Valley’s 56,000 elementary students relies on the electronic inputting of assessment data by teachers. This translates into a significant amount of individual pieces of data. Our principals and vice-principals cannot input this data for our many classroom teachers. This work also cannot be outsourced to other Board staff or external agencies due to the significant unbudgeted cost, and concerns about accuracy and, more importantly, privacy given the confidential information that is part of a student’s report card. 

“We know report cards are one important measurement of student progress,” said Education Director Mark Fisher. “However, teachers are still expected to assess and evaluate students and respond to inquiries from parents and guardians about student learning.

“TVDSB continues to have full confidence in the professionalism of our teachers and administrators throughout the negotiation process, and we value their work with students,” added Director Fisher. 

 “We remain hopeful that an agreement at the provincial level can be reached soon. Most importantly, teachers will continue their dedicated focus on supporting the learning needs of students.”

Labour Update #5 - January 23, 2020

Due to the current work-to-rule strike action by members of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Thames Valley elementary student report cards will not be issued at this time.

While the Thames Valley District School Board understands the value of report cards to students, parents and guardians, ETFO members are not able to complete Kindergarten Communication of Learning (K1 and K2) or Term 1 Report Cards (Grades 1 – 8).

Thames Valley recognizes that the current labour situation poses challenges for students and families. We encourage parents and guardians to contact their child’s teacher(s) to discuss their progress during the school year and to obtain information about their child’s achievement.

Watch for the latest updates on the current labour situation on TVDSB websites and social media channels: www.tvdsb.ca/LabourUpdates  

Labour Update #4 - January 17, 2020

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has announced today that, should there be no progress in negotiations, its members will conduct a one-day walkout (full withdrawal of services) at a number of school boards, including the Thames Valley District School Board, on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Teachers will return to work on Thursday, January 23.

Thames Valley has no other option but to close all ELEMENTARY schools to students as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure their safety. All out-of-school activities (e.g. field trips, sports, etc.) will be cancelled. As a result, parents/guardians should begin making alternate arrangements for their children.

For information on Before and After School child care open full-day for families currently registered, please contact your child care operator for details ​on locations and hours of operation. Child Care Centres located in TVDSB schools will remain open to families already registered.

ETFO is in negotiations with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) to achieve a new collective agreement for elementary teachers.

Should there be any significant updates, we will communicate directly with parents/guardians. As always, for ongoing labour updates, please visit www.tvdsb.ca and follow @tvdsb on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Labour Update #3 - January 10, 2020

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), which represents Thames Valley elementary school teachers, has announced the next phase of its ongoing work-to-rule job action will begin Monday, January 13, 2020.

As part of Phase 3, ETFO members will NOT: 

  • plan or participate in school assemblies,
  • participate in field trips, or 
  • participate in extracurricular sports and other activities outside of regular school hours. 

All extra-curricular activities outside of the instructional day – including but not limited to clubs, sports teams, etc. – will be cancelled until further notice effective Monday, January 13, 2020.

If an agreement is not reached at the central bargaining table in Toronto by Friday, January 17, 2020, the union says its members will begin rotating strikes effective Monday, January 20, 2020. In addition, as part of Phase 4 of ETFO’s job action, teachers will also cease to participate in professional learning activities.

More details may be found at ETFO’s website: https://etfocb.ca/strike-protocol-work-to-rule-phases-34/

Unless parents and guardians are notified on Thames Valley websites and social media, all schools will remain open and continue to be focussed on supporting the learning needs of students. 

Thames Valley understands that the current labour situation may pose challenges for students and families and thanks parents and guardians for their ongoing patience and understanding. 

Watch for the latest updates on TVDSB websites and social media channels

Labour Update #2 - December 9, 2019
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has announced that, in addition to the Phase 1 Work-to-Rule Strike Protocol currently in place, its members will begin Phase 2 of its job action on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

Some examples of the Phase 2 protocol include:

  • Not planning any new field trips scheduled to occur before June 30, 2020
  • Not collecting money for school-based activities except those for charitable causes
  • Not distributing any memos/letters from a school and/or school board

Full details about Phase 2 may be found on ETFO’s website: Phase 2 Work-to-Rule Strike Protocol

Elementary schools will remain open and teachers and administrators will continue to be focussed on supporting the learning needs of students. 

Contract talks between ETFO, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and the Ontario government are currently taking place in Toronto. The Thames Valley District School Board is hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon. 

Thames Valley appreciates the patience and understanding of parents and guardians during this time. 

Ongoing updates will be posted on Thames Valley school websites and on social media channels.

Labour Update #1 - November 14, 2019

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) today announced that its members across Ontario are ready to begin a work-to-rule job action starting November 26, 2019.

More details about the job action may be found at ETFO’s website: https://etfocb.ca/strike-protocol-work-to-rule-phase-1/

Contract talks between ETFO and the Ministry of Education are currently taking place at the central bargaining table in Toronto. The Thames Valley District School Board is hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached before the union takes job action. 

If work-to-rule action commences, all schools will remain open and teachers and administrators will continue to be focussed on supporting the learning needs of students. 

Thames Valley places a high priority on the safety of students and is confident that ETFO members will continue to put student safety first. 

Parents and Guardians will be provided with the latest updates as needed on Thames Valley school websites and on social media channels.

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Labour Update #12 - December 3, 2019
Notice to CUPE Employees posted by order of the Ontario Labour Relations Board
Labour Update #11 - October 6, 2019 (9:10pm)

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Ministry of Education and the trustees’ association HAVE reached a settlement.

Thames Valley schools will be open to students tomorrow, Monday, October 7. Before-school programs will not be available. After-school programs will run tomorrow (Monday, October 7).

Labour Update #10 - October 6, 2019 (8:00pm)
We are awaiting news on the status of school tomorrow, just like you. We will share if schools are open or closed to students tomorrow, as soon as possible (definitely before 6am). Please have plans in place for either outcome. 
Labour Update #9 - October 6, 2019 (2:00pm)
All elementary and secondary schools will be closed to students on Monday, October 7, unless an agreement is reached at the central bargaining table. We will notify parents and guardians as soon as information becomes available, leading up to early Monday morning.
Labour Update #8 - October 4, 2019

#TVDSB Labour Update: At this time, child care centres will be open regular hours on Monday, October 7.

The following FAMILY CENTRES are OPEN only during childcare centre hours:

  • Cedar Hollow Public School
  • Northbrae Public School
  • Sir Arthur Currie Public School
  • White Oaks Public School
Labour Update #7 - October 4, 2019

We are currently evaluating the status of our Childcare centres and will provide updates as they become available. 

OPEN/RUNNING

  • Co-op placements not at a TVDSB site
  • eLearning Classes
  • Some select Adult Education and Alternative Education Classes

CLOSED/CANCELLED

  • Before and After School programs
  • EarlyON Centres
  • Family Centre Argyle
  • All events scheduled at TVDSB building are cancelled unless otherwise notified
  • Community Use of Facilities (unless otherwise notified)
Labour Update #6 - October 3, 2019

Please see our most recent announcement regarding the impact of labour action on Thames Valley District School Board. 

Full content of the letter is below: 

On October 2, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced a full withdrawal of services (legal strike action) in Ontario schools beginning on Monday, October 7, unless progress is made at the central bargaining table with the Ministry of Education and the trustees’ association.

After thoughtful discussion and considering all options, Thames Valley District School Board has decided to close schools for all students effective Monday, October 7, unless an agreement is reached before that time. If a settlement is reached, we will communicate with families as quickly as possible when students may return to class.

We recognize the significant impact this has on families, staff and our school communities.

Thames Valley will not be able to ensure student safety as more than 3,400 of our employees are CUPE members who will not be reporting to work if an agreement is not reached. CUPE staff include custodians, early childhood educators, educational assistants, school and central clerical, technical support (IT) and maintenance.

Due to anticipated school closures for an indefinite period of time, families are strongly encouraged to make alternate arrangements for children.

Our valued CUPE staff are critical front-line employees of Thames Valley District School Board. We respect the negotiation process and remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached at the provincial bargaining table.

Updated information will be posted on www.tvdsb.ca.

Labour Update #5 - October 2, 2019

Thames Valley District School Board is determining the impact of strike action on school operations. Unless progress is made at the central/provincial bargaining table, a decision around school closures will be made by Friday, October 4 at 11:00am. 

We will provide this information directly to families, staff and students.

We understand that there may be significant impacts on your family. Families are strongly encouraged to begin to explore alternate arrangements for children next week (October 7 – 11), in the event strike action results in school closures.

In the case of closures, child care centres and family centres operating in a TVDSB building will also be closed.

We will communicate the Board's decision by Friday, October 4 at 11:00am.​

Thank you for your ongoing understanding. 

 
Labour Update #4 - October 2, 2019

We have been officially notified by The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) of a full withdrawal of services effective Monday, October 7. CUPE staff includes educational assistants, early childhood educators, school and central clerical, technical support (IT), custodial and maintenance.

We continue to evaluate the situation and will provide updates related to operations of schools as they become available. At this time, parents and guardians should be considering alternate arrangements for childcare for next week, as the decision around school closures is yet to be determined. 

Schools remain open for the rest of this week (Sept 30-October 4).

Labour Update #3 - September 30, 2019

We know that parents/guardians may have concerns about labour disruptions at school and how they may affect our students. We believe normal school operations for students can and will continue. At this time, any visible evidence of the job action at the school level will be kept to a minimum where possible.

Families with students with special education needs may have additional concerns related to  programming and supports during job action. We are aware of the unique needs of these students and will continue to work with school teams and families.

We understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff. We will continue to follow this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. Information and updates can be found on our website: tvdsb.ca or on Twitter @tvdsb. We may also share further information electronically through School Messenger.

Labour Update #2 - September 27, 2019 
All Community Use/Facility Rentals for the week of Sept 30 – Oct 6 are CANCELLED due to work-to-rule action, unless otherwise notified. Permit holders will be notified by Community Use of Facilities. Permits will be assessed on a weekly basis and updated on www.tvdsb.ca.
Labour Update #1 - September 25, 2019

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) confirmed that job action will begin across the province on Monday, September 30th. CUPE members include custodial, maintenance, school based and central clerical, educational assistants, early childhood educators and information technology. Thames Valley staff are reviewing the job action directive from CUPE provincial to members to determine the impact these will have on school and worksite operations, and to learning and working.

Thames Valley District School Board schools remain open to staff and students during this phase of job action.

Student safety continues to be our priority and we commit to providing you with up-to-date information in a timely manner.

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