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Two of the nine FAE unions rejected the tentative agreement, while four approved it.

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The members of the Basses-Laurentides Education Union (SEBL), meeting Wednesday evening, rejected by 72% the agreement in principle concluded with Quebec, becoming the second of the nine unions affiliated with the Autonomous Federation of education (FAE) to vote against the agreement.

The SEBL thus unites its voice to the Education Union of the region of Laval (SERL), whose members rejected the text by 68% last week. Four FAE unions have approved it:

The SEBL and the SERL have 5,259 and 6,346 members respectively.

To be adopted, the agreement in principle concluded with Quebec during the holidays must be adopted by a double majority at the FAE, i.e. a majority of union units and a majority of mandates allocated to each union depending on the number of members it represents. The results of this complex system will be revealed at the end of the FAE Federal Council meeting, which will take place on February 7.

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Unions representing more than 40,000 of the 65 000 FAE teachers therefore voted on the agreement.

Thursday evening, it will be the turn of members of two other unions to speak out: the Quebec Region Education Union (SERQ), which has 6,400 members, and the Lordships Education Union (SES), which has 705.

The agreement in principle, concluded at the end of December with the government, provides, among other things, for an amount of $33.3 million to reduce the composition of classes at the primary and secondary levels, one of the main requests of the FAE. It also provides for the addition of 4,000 aides in classes.

Many members of the union group, which represents approximately 40% of Quebec teachers , however hoped for more substantial gains after 22 days of walkout, particularly with regard to the reduction in the work task.

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