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Gr&egrave ;ve: missed classes will not be taken back at Cégep de Sherbrooke, according to the union

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Mathieu Poulin-Lamarre is the president of the Teaching Staff Union of Cégep de Sherbrooke.


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As the Common Front heads toward more strike days from December 8 to 14, the Cégep de Sherbrooke Teaching Staff Union says classes missed due to the strike will not be resumed in January.

This decision was taken during a morning meeting, indicates the president of the union, Mathieu Poulin-Lamarre.

In an email from the Department of Studies of the Cégep de Sherbrooke that Radio-Canada Estrie was able to obtain a copy of, it is mentioned that the decision was made not to extend the session which therefore ends this Friday, December 22.

Our session ended on December 22nd. If we wanted to add days, we would have had to add them either during the holiday season or in January. The board approved management's decision not to resume these days, he maintains. Each teacher will be responsible for finding accommodations to successfully complete the session within a more limited time frame.

There is a lot of material where every hour of class is absolutely necessary. This will mean that some content will not be taught this fall. We will proceed to evaluate the content that has been taught until now.

A quote from Mathieu Poulin-Lamarre, president of the Union of Teaching Staff of the Cégep de Sherbrooke

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It will therefore be necessary to ensure that the missed content will be presented the next session.

We do not yet know how this will be done, but it is a request that we are going to make, that it does not rely on teachers to condense the material and chase after hours this winter, underlines Mathieu Poulin- Lamarre.

At the time of writing these lines, the Cégep had not confirmed this information and indicated that it would comment on the matter Friday morning. p>

On Wednesday, Minister of Higher Education Pascale Déry closed the door to the idea of ​​a college session of reduced duration, thus refusing the request from the federations which represent CEGEP management and students. By not postponing classes, the Cégep de Sherbrooke would therefore be contravening the minister's directives.

The president of the professional staff union at Cégep de Sherbrooke, Geneviève Corbeil, says it is difficult to attract professionals to the field. [We want] slightly more modern working conditions like teleworking, we were asked for it during the pandemic, it worked relatively well, and now it's funny, we don't want to integrate it into our employment contract which is the collective agreement.

In Estrie, 43,000 students will be affected by the Common Front strike, while 20,000 students will be affected by the FAE strike.

Moreover, the establishments of the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center (CIUSSS) of Estrie-CHUS will operate a little more slowly over the next few days due to the strike. From December 8 to 14, employees affiliated with the APTS will walk off the job and to this will be added the FIQ strike, starting Monday, for four days.

This means that more than 19,000 union members will be on the picket lines next week at the same time.

Le CIUSSS de l'Estrie- CHUS specifies that emergencies, intensive care and maternity units will operate at full capacity, but that other sectors will be slow.

The director of nursing at the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS, Patricia Bourgault, explains that there will be around thirty fewer surgeries daily in the region in the next seven days. Normally, there are around 130 operations per day in CIUSSS hospitals. The CIUSSS, however, assures that essential care will be provided.

There are places where 100% of our resources are present, but there is another area next to it where 80% of our resources are present. Both sectors are affected since for example in the emergency room where we would be at 100%, we do not have the capacity to take patients upstairs as quickly since they will be in staff reduced.

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Danny Roulx is spokesperson for the APTS in Estrie (archives).

According to the national representative of the APTS in Estrie, Danny Roulx, this is a historic movement that is underway. To name that the network, it is important, we must invest in it, we must take care of it.

We must take care of humans who take care of humans. For us, the government still does not understand.

A quote from Danny Roulx, national representative of the APTS

The CIUSSS also asks the population not to go to the emergency room for non-urgent situations.

With information from John Sébastien Naïs

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