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Un union affiliated with the FAE advises rejecting the agreement | Strikes in the public sector in Quebec

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The FAE was on an indefinite general strike from November 23 to the holiday break, for 22 days. (Archive photo)

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The Haute-Yamaska ​​Teachers' Union (SEHY), one of the nine organizations affiliated with the Autonomous Education Federation (FAE), recommends to its members to reject the agreement in principle concluded with the Legault government.

The SEHY represents approximately 2,000 members in the region of Granby.

In a memo sent to members of which Radio-Canada obtained a copy, the union's board of directors indicated that it based its recommendation, among other things, on the government's apparent contempt for [the] profession.

The memo also emphasizes that the agreement in principle does not significantly improve [the] working conditions, including the composition of the class.

The agreement in principle concluded between the FAE and Quebec at the end of December, of which Radio-Canada obtained a copy, notably proposes $19.1 million for primary and $14.2 million for secondary to launch a way of evaluate cohorts with particular challenges, which would take into account the number of students with an intervention plan.

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$5.3 million is also planned to add a part-time resource in disadvantaged areas at the preschool level, and 4,000 classroom assistants must join the network at the preschool and primary levels.

According to the agreement, FAE members must also receive a salary increase of 17.4% over five years.

Members will be able to vote on the agreement on January 20 at a union meeting. The SEHY board of directors, including its president Sophie Veilleux, will not comment further on the matter until this date.

The general meetings and votes of other affiliated unions, which represent members in Montreal, Laval, Quebec, Outaouais, the Laurentians and Montérégie, must continue over the next week. For the agreement in principle to be adopted, five of the nine unions affiliated with the FAE and a majority of the 66,500 members must accept it, according to a “double majority” principle. Their decision will be announced on February 7.

Remember that the proposed agreement in principle came after 22 days of strike. Approximately 40% of teachers in the province's school network are represented by the FAE.

The unions of the Common Front, which includes the CSN, the CSQ, the APTS and the FTQ, must for their part organize general assemblies January 15 – February 19. More than half of the 420,000 workers represented will have to accept the agreement for it to become a collective agreement.

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