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Towards a final crucial vote for teachers affiliated with the FAE

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The agreement concluded by the FAE with the Quebec government during the holidays is meeting resistance within certain unions. (Archive photo)

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The 2,000 Estrie teachers represented by the Haute-Yamaska ​​Education Union (SEHY) vote on Wednesday to decide on the agreement in principle negotiated between the FAE and the Quebec government during the holidays. This vote is crucial to whether or not to ratify the agreement. So far, four unions affiliated with the FAE have voted for and four others have voted against.

In a press release issued Wednesday morning, the SEHY specifies that its members will meet Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., but also Thursday, February 1 for members who teach in the evening. On Thursday, February 1 in the afternoon, the SEHY will be able to specify when the result of the vote will be revealed, indicates this same press release.

On the union side, it's excitement.

We have the weight of the final decision, so it's a little stressful, Daniel Haines, drama teacher, told RDI in an interview.

Some people want to refuse everything, others are more nuanced and some find it an acceptable proposition.

A quote from Daniel Haines, teacher

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The agreement provides for salary increases of 17.4% over 5 years, but it is generally the measures targeting the composition of the class that cause discontent. Several teachers deplore in particular that the thresholds for children with challenges to receive support in class are too high.

Remember that the SEHY executive recommends that its members vote against the agreement.

Voting results of unions affiliated to the FAE

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In order to avoid confusion during previous votes, where several teachers had left the assemblies without voting because they were stretching often until the middle of the night, the SEHY decided to proceed differently. Indeed, an extended voting period will be offered to members.

But whatever the outcome of the vote, former unionist Marc Ranger believes that the Autonomous Federation of Education (FAE) will have a lot of soul-searching to do.

Because in addition to the mix-ups during the assemblies, Mr. Ranger and others are wondering about the calculation method used by the FAE to ratify or not the agreement. In the case of the FAE, it is a more cumbersome process, while the Labor Code is much simpler than that, underlined Mr. Ranger in an interview on the program Tout un matin on HERE First.

Under the double majority rule, a majority of unions and a majority of the 66,500 members of the FAE must vote for its adoption so that the agreement is accepted. But the FAE added a complex weighting system that makes any calculation by outside observers almost impossible.

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Marc Ranger, former trade unionist.

If the FAE were to reject the agreement, it would be necessary to return to the negotiating table with the government. But for the former president of the CSN Jean-Lacharité, the FAE's room for maneuver will be very narrow since there cannot be two collective agreement regimes with different working conditions between FAE teachers. and those affiliated with the FSE-CSQ.

As for the Common Front, which represents 60% of the province's teachers, half of the union members have up to here voted in favor of the agreement with the government. The voting process must last until February 21 for these union members.

For Marc Ranger, the final lesson to be learned from this whole process, it is urgent for the government to launch a Estates General on public schools.

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