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Catching up with the school calendar: the other negotiation to come | Strikes in the public sector in Quebec

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Empty school desks in primary schools on strike as part of the Autonomous Education Federation (FAE) strikes.

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Spring break canceled, extension of the school year, modification of the weighting of ministerial exams, “all options are on the table” when the strike is over, according to the Minister of Education, Bernard Drainville. When the Legault government and the unions have agreed to end the conflict, the entire return to class protocol will have to be negotiated.

The news of recent days fuels hopes of seeing a settlement to the labor conflict. The federal council of the Federation of Education Unions (FSE-CSQ) and the Provincial Association of Teachers of Quebec (APEQ-QPAT) endorsed a proposed sectoral regulation on Friday evening. The proposed settlement must now be submitted to their members in assembly.

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< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">And, for its part, the Autonomous Federation of Education (FAE), which represents the 40% of teachers on an indefinite general strike, is in intensive negotiations with the Treasury Board. If the two parties also reach an agreement, the end of the strike could approach.

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Teachers who are members of the FAE and people who support them in their pressure tactics demonstrated on Friday in front of the offices of the Prime Minister of Quebec, François Legault, in Montreal.

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However, students attending schools whose Quebec teachers are affiliated with the FAE have now missed 22 days of class. The school calendar is normally 180 days long, so these students missed 10% of their year of instruction.

Other negotiations will therefore have to take place for the return to work protocol, including the rest of the school year.

The protocols could differ from one school service center (CSS) to another, according to the Fédération des centers de services scolaire du Québec (FCSSQ).

If the school calendar were to be modified or the school year extended beyond June 30, the local agreement concluded between each of the local unions and the CSS specifies that the two parties must agree, specifies the director of legal affairs, of communications and general secretariat of the FCSSQ, Sophie Laberge.

She indicates on the other hand that the government could, if it wishes, rule on the question by decree. His decision then applies to the entire province.

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Thousands of schoolchildren in Quebec have missed more than three weeks of instruction. (File photo)

As for the summer, the school year officially ends on June 30, according to the Public Education Act, to extend it beyond this date would therefore require government intervention.< /p>

For the moment, the Ministry of Education confirms that different options are being studied, but it will not advance on the scenarios considered until the labor dispute is resolved.

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Bernard Drainville says that his ministry is currently considering catch-up measures (archive photo).

When we have agreements and we know when teachers will return to work, at that time, we will be able to give you more information on the plan in relation to catching up, Bernard Drainville let it be known on the sidelines of an announcement , Tuesday.

Certain modifications have already been applied, the primary and secondary ministerial exams scheduled for January in Quebec are postponed due to the strike in the public sector.

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