A DEAD END / AN IMPASSE
The FPPE Negotiating Team
It is important to remember that the CPN’s deposits in December of 2019, were made with an assumption of Attracting and Retaining professional staff. The employer stated that they were aware of the challenge to be met in attracting professionals in order to meet the growing needs of the school network.
We were optimistic. We had concerns similar to those of management and our deposit of demands offered a range of solutions to be proposed to counter the staff shortage and improve the working conditions of our members.
However, we quickly realized that the solutions put forward by the employer, as well as the explanations given in connection with their demands, were extremely worrying.
And to this day, the employer still maintains demands that are unacceptable to us.
At the Francophone (P1) table, they particularly wish to establish a permanent precarious status for supernumerary professionals by withdrawing any obligation to regularize these positions. They also want to weaken the consultation process when it comes to staffing plan procedures currently in place.
For the Anglophone (P2) table, in addition to seeking to lengthen the duration of supernumerary contracts, the employer also wants to increase the 50 km radius for professionals who are declared on availability. This while knowing full well that the territory for Anglophone boards are immense.
At both tables, the employer explains that in their opinion, these proposals would really make it possible to attract and retain professionals in the school network.
In addition to insisting on demands that would greatly reduce the rights of professionals, the employer is not open to our demands.
Since August, we have met with the CPN s to fully present our demands and discuss what remained. After a full year spent at the bargaining table, we have only had indications of those demands to which they have no mandate to pursue.
In fact, at the beginning of November, the employer engaged in a positioning exercise in which they told us that they had closure on all of our requests with a monetary impact.
By this very fact, it therefore rejects unilaterally and without any justification our requests concerning the reimbursement of professional order dues, salary premiums for holders of master’s degrees as well as all of our requests for the recognition and creation of new employment groups.
Throughout the fall we tried to breathe new life into the negotiations by explaining and arguing in depth our demands. We have also tried to find ways of working with the employers to come to a satisfactory agreement that would bring some significant improvements in the working conditions of professionals, all in the context of the pandemic we are currently experiencing.
Our observation is as follows; we are at an impasse. The management side has no intention of opening up to our demands and it seems unacceptable to us to conclude a collective agreement at bargain basement terms.