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Striking FAE teachers shared potato waffles on Tuesday morning in front of Baril elementary school, in the Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, in Montreal.

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The Legault government announces that it submitted a “regulation proposal” to the Autonomous Education Federation (FAE) on Monday evening, saying “[hope] for a positive return from the union shortly”. This offer revives the hopes of parents of students affected by the strike, which has so far caused the cancellation of nine school days.

We are committed to resolving quickly and this proposal demonstrates that, said Treasury Board President Sonia LeBel in a written statement sent to the media Tuesday morning.

If this is accepted, it could make it possible to concretely improve services to students, the working conditions of teachers, and would respond to the priority issues raised by the FAE, she said. pleaded.

This proposal follows the counter-offer tabled by the union on Saturday.

The FAE entered an indefinite general strike on November 23. More than 66,000 teachers are on sick leave. Around 800 schools are affected in Montreal, Laval, the Laurentians, Outaouais, the Capitale-Nationale and the greater Granby region. Some 368,000 students are deprived of education.

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Several points are in dispute in this negotiation, including the opening of specialized classes for children in difficulty. Quebec also wants to bring forward the assignment of teachers to classes to June in order to avoid the peak back-to-school period in August.

The proposed regulation submitted Monday evening by the Legault government coincides with the start of the last week of parliamentary work before the holiday break.

The announcement comes as a Superior Court judge partially accepted on Monday a request for a temporary injunction from the Montreal School Services Center ordering the Alliance of Professors, affiliated with the FAE, to allow construction workers to access schools.

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FAE union members continue to picket day after day in front of the schools where they normally work.

Meanwhile, talks continue with the other nine union units in negotiations with the government to renew the collective agreements for public sector employees.

The Common Front – which includes the CSQ, which represents nearly 100,000 teachers – will observe seven new days of strike starting Friday.

This therefore means that unless there is a regulation, all primary and secondary schools in Quebec will be closed from Friday to next Thursday, to the great dismay of Prime Minister Legault, who called the union members to end their walkout last week.

CEGEPs will also be affected by the new strike days decreed by the Common Front, so much so that the Minister of Higher Education, Pascale Déry, announced Monday evening that she was postponing the holding of the next tests by a week. language uniforms at college.

According to our sources at the Common Front, a settlement with the FAE could, however, bring about an end to all the negotiations.< /p>

According to information from Mathieu Gohier and The Canadian Press

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