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Members of the Autonomous Federation of education began voting on the agreement in principle on Wednesday, January 17. (Archive photo)

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A first member union of the Autonomous Education Federation (FAE) announces that its members have voted in favor of the agreement in principle concluded with the government of Quebec.

At the start of the night, Thursday, the Pointe-de-l'Île Education Union (SEPÎ), in Montreal, announced on social networks that its members present at the assembly extraordinary general meeting of the day before voted 58.5% in favor of accepting the agreement in principle reached between the FAE and the government.

This union represents 4,384 teachers at the Pointe-de-l'Île School Service Center, in the east of the metropolis.

The Autonomous Federation of Education recommends ratifying the agreement, but some local union leaders have indicated that they do not intend to follow suit.

It is expected that the FAE union members of the school service centers of Montreal and Laval will in turn vote on Thursday evening, at a general assembly.

For the text to be approved, it must be adopted by a double majority, that is to say by more than 50% of the general assemblies of each unit (therefore five unions out of nine) as well as by at least 50% of all members of the FAE, which represents 66,500 teachers.

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The agreement concluded between the FAE and the government provides for salary increases of up to 24% over five years.

The FAE brings together nine unions which represent more than 66,500 teachers in preschool, primary, secondary, prison education, vocational training and adult education, above all.

With information from Jérôme Labbé7

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