FPPE Convention: A Place for Decisions, Exchanges and Listening
The FPPE trade union action must be supported by global and unifying orientations that address the current challenges faced by professionals in the public school system. To ensure the relevance of its positions and actions, FPPE elected officials must first hear the concerns of its members.
This is why the FPPE has taken on a bold challenge: to change the Convention format to focus on what is experienced as much as what is voted on.
Only three orientations were put into play and discussed in the workshops and plenary session on June 1st.The exchanges continued the next day in a large plenary session and culminated on June 3 with the debates, in accordance with the standard formal procedures. Thematic workshops, introduced by interviews with experts, allowed for more informal discussions while providing input on the orientations.
An overwhelming majority of delegates applauded these changes, which promote speaking out — with or without a microphone — as well as exchanges between professionals from all over Quebec and from different job categories. This format met the demands of the new generation: to focus on inclusive discussions, with positive and dynamic reflective spaces. In short, to update the way we practice unionism.
This is a new process that is part of the long term; a lot of work remains to be done so that the essence of the workshops’ reflections can be found in the action plan that will be adopted this fall by the union representatives at the Federal Council.
- Intensify our efforts to improve the working and practice conditions of staff and to promote retention and attraction in the public school system.
Issues: attractive salary conditions, work overload, overtime management, onboarding, mentoring, coaching, generational issues, precariousness, task boundaries, right to work remotely, public/private competition, subcontracting, professional autonomy, layout of workspaces and adequate tools, practices to break isolation and promote teamwork.
- Intensify our efforts to have professional staff recognized as key players in the school system and to increase their power of influence.
Issues: investing in places of involvement, representation and consultation, raising awareness about and recognizing roles and expertise, team-school and multidisciplinarity, union and professional power of influence.
- Intensify our efforts to mobilize members and to encourage the next generation of union members.
Issues: union welcoming and mentoring, places to share expertise and training, positive promotion of union involvement, family-work-union involvement balance, regional issues, student advocacy, use of technological tools.
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