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The Autonomous Federation of Education and Quebec have reached a global settlement proposal.

Proposal for settlement: the FAE awaiting the verdict of its negotiating council | Strikes in the public sector in Quebec

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Members of the FAE teachers' union have been on indefinite strike since November 23.

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After three weeks of indefinite general strike, the Autonomous Federation of Education (FAE) will present the global settlement proposal on Thursday, established with the government of Quebec, at its Federal Negotiating Council.

The two camps reached a proposed settlement Wednesday evening, which includes both wages and working conditions, after members have been on strike for 22 days.

By press release, the FAE indicated that it would submit the content of this proposal to the nine affiliated member unions on Thursday during a Federal Negotiating Council. If he gives his approval, the proposal will become an agreement in principle and will be presented to the members of the FAE during general meetings after the holidays.

We will leave it to our body to determine whether this is an agreement in principle that meets the pressing needs of teachers and their students, responded Mélanie Hubert , president of the FAE, by press release.

The 66,500 members of the FAE have just spent 22 days on the streets, without pay, to make themselves heard. We will respect our democratic processes before speaking out further, she added.

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The president of the Autonomous Federation of Education (FAE), Mélanie Hubert.

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The President of the Treasury Board, Sonia LeBel, and the Minister of Education, Bernard Drainville, confirmed the overall settlement proposal with the FAE, came after a four-day blitz of negotiations.

The proposal concerns elements linked to remuneration and the organization of work, such as the arrangement of tasks and conditions of employment. This agreement targets 40% of teachers in the school network.

This possible settlement represents a glimmer of hope for teachers, but also for parents, who hope to return to class at the beginning of January.

Sylvain Mallette, teacher and former president of the FAE, however tempers expectations, recalling that the negotiations are a complex operation.

It's not over until it's over. We have to look at things based on the needs we have, the requests we have made, and will this agreement make it possible to improve the daily lives of teachers, he explained on Thursday, in an interview on the show D’abord l’info.

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The Regroupement des committees de parents nationaux du Québec hopes for a return to classes on January 9.

Equally cautious, Sylvain Martel, spokesperson for the Regroupement des committees de parents nationaux du Québec (RCPAQ), believes that he x27;is a priori [a] good news.

All of this remains speculative and there are still steps to take. And we still have to modulate the good news because we are currently in the worst scenario that we envisaged a month ago, that is to say that the strike continues until the holiday holidays, a- he said in an interview with RDI.

We are considering a possible return to school on January 9 […], this is good news. We can begin to rebuild and help our students so that they can catch up and finish their school year as completely and successfully as possible.

A quote from Sylvain Martel, spokesperson of the Regroupement des committees de parents nationaux du Québec (RCPAQ)

Last Friday, the Federation of Education Unions (FSE-CSQ) as well as the Provincial Association of Teachers of Quebec (APEQ) endorsed a proposed sectoral settlement with the Legault government that occurred within the framework of negotiations for the renewal of their collective agreements.

The Union of Professionals of Laval-Rive-Nord (SPPLRN-SCFP) also managed to an agreement on working conditions during the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, announced the Quebec Federation of Workers (FTQ).

All public sector unions affiliated with the FTQ and members of the inter-union common front now have an agreement in principle or a proposed regulation for sectoral issues relating to the conditions of work.

The government succeeded in implementing an encirclement strategy. The FAE found itself isolated because the government went through other union organizations and quickly concluded sectoral agreements, so that put pressure on the FAE, underlined Sylvain Mallette.

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The former president of the Autonomous Federation of Education, Sylvain Mallette. (File photo)

Where there is a difference according to what I perceive, is that the FAE has succeeded in negotiating salaries. We will have to see what is in this agreement in terms of salaries. This is not everything in a negotiation, but it occupies an important place, continued the teacher, who chaired the FAE from 2008 to 2022.

The details of the various proposals with the union bodies in the field of education remain confidential for the moment. The Quebec government, however, revealed in a press release the major themes covered by the hypotheses of agreement.

With regard to support staff in the school network, he maintains that various agreed measures will make it possible to reduce job insecurity and encourage more full-time positions since more working hours will be offered to support staff. who will have new responsibilities of helping and supporting the class.

Thus, these measures will make it possible to promote support staff while teachers will be able to devote themselves more to teaching, which will also allow students to benefit, indicates the office of the minister responsible for education. Government administration and President of the Treasury Board, Sonia LeBel.

Even if agreements in principle and settlement hypotheses have been adopted relating to sectoral working conditions, discussions continue at the central table on salary issues, mentioned the FTQ. The proposals will be presented to the members of the Common Front only when an agreement in principle has been ratified at the central table.

The Inter-Union Common Front – which includes the FTQ, the CSN, the CSQ and the APTS and which represents 420,000 public sector workers – still threatens to trigger an indefinite general strike at the beginning of 2024 otherwise of a satisfactory agreement at the central table.

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The Inter-Union Common Front represents 420,000 public sector workers. (Archive photo)

Last weekend, several advances were made at the sectoral tables in health and education, while many unions announced that they had reached tentative agreements in principle on their working conditions.

Discussions between the various unions and the Treasury Board have resumed Tuesday after a 24-hour break.

Following all these announcements, pressure is now increasing on the Interprofessional Federation of Quebec Health (FIQ), which negotiates individually with the government. The FIQ has still not concluded any possible agreement at its sectoral tables.

With the information from The Canadian Press

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