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An overwhelming majority of teachers adopts the intersectoral agreement in Drummondville

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According to the union, 695 of the 1,385 SERD-CSQ members were present Monday evening.

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Members of the Drummondville Region Education Union (SERD-CSQ) have officially spoken out in favor of the agreement in principle reached during the holidays with the Government of Quebec. An overwhelming majority of 93% of members present voted for the cross-sectoral clauses at a general meeting held on Monday evening.

These clauses include the retirement plan, salary increases and vacations.

Furthermore, 65% of the members present at the Maison des arts Desjardins voted in favor of the sectoral agreement, which brings together issues specific to teachers.

According to the SERD-CSQ, 695 of the union's 1,385 members were presented at the assembly. President Guy Veillette is delighted with this participation rate.

Quebec has been behind teachers. Parents and the media followed this a lot, and this is the first time I’ve seen this. This is historic for me. I’ve been with the union for 20 years. 695 people who showed up on a Monday evening after a day of work, barely had time for dinner. They came to an assembly, now it’s past 8 a.m. They took the time to come, he said shortly after the vote.

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Usually, it's difficult , the number of people in assembly, but 695 is majestic.

A quote from Guy Veillette, president of the Drummondville region education union

For certain teachers present Monday evening, including Gabriel Houde, the percentage of votes for the sectoral agreement nevertheless means that an imposing project must continue in the educational environment in the coming years.

The sectoral part of the negotiation is where things perhaps stuck a little more, and I understand the situation, because with regard to the composition of the class and the working conditions, therefore the sectoral, this is where there are the greatest difficulties and the greatest grievances on the part of teachers. It is true that the situation is more than glaring. The gains we received respond somewhat imperfectly to the situation, he believes.

I think that it will not just be about negotiation, because it is perhaps no longer so much about labor relations and working conditions, but it is perhaps about rethinking Quebec schools. The condition in the “regular” classes is sometimes astonishing when you're in the middle. […] These are working conditions, but especially learning conditions for the students which are extremely difficult.

A quote from Gabriel B. Houde, high school teacher

The agreement in principle provides, among other things, for a salary increase which, with a bonus, will reach 17.4 to 24.5% over five years for teachers depending on their level. For it to become a collective agreement, more than 50% of the 420,000 Common Front workers will have to accept it.

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The general meeting began around 5 p.m. The results of the vote were announced around 8:30 p.m.

Like thousands of colleagues affiliated with the Common Front elsewhere in the province, we remembers that teachers in the Drummondville region were on strike for eight and a half days before Christmas.

Some teachers to whom Radio-Canada had spoken earlier in the day seemed mixed about the agreement in principle.

I've been participating in several conventions. We have been told for several conventions that indeed, there are projects that will move forward. I have the impression that things are not progressing as they should. We talk about a shortage of teachers, we talk about the difficulty in recruiting, but as long as the conditions are not winning, and we do not talk about salary, as long as the conditions are not favorable to having a better job, less heaviness, there will be more resignations, burn-outs, resignations, launched teacher Riad Bitar, from La Poudrière secondary school in Drummondville, at the dawn of the vote.

The assembly began around 5 p.m. The results of the vote were announced around 8:30 p.m.

Let us also remember that the members of the Education Education Union; Estrie have already spoken out.

The agreement on the sectoral component was accepted by 50.5%, and that on the intersectoral component, by 88.3%.

With information from Jean François Dumas and Emy Lafortune

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