A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT
After more than 16 months of negotiations, where there has been very little dialogue and development, we hope that Premier Legault’s announcements wanting to accelerate the talks translate into progress for professionals as well. The issues are clearly identified for all. We want to improve our remuneration and our working conditions.
Your local representatives are hard at work in each of the 19 unions, as well as in the Federation. I would like to stress their unwavering commitment; without them nothing would be possible.
The vast majority of education personnel are women and they deserve more.
Remember, they have lower salaries on average than in other public bodies or provincial owned companies. Problems of work overload, attraction and retention issues , are experienced on a daily basis.
While it is recognized that the corrective salary offered to teachers was necessary, it is equally essential for all staff. The current situation creates a strong sense of inequity; all groups of workers in the education community are underpaid! In the absence of any corrective action, the government will have to manage a demobilizing effect on the school environment. They will have to deal with a great movement of desertion. I truly believe that a lot of the pressure is now on them.
It is high time that we value all of our jobs.
We had a first strike action on April 29th for half a day and are planning a second half-day strike on May 19th. We are therefore continuing to intensify our actions.
During the first wave, we demonstrated in several strategic locations. We received excellent media coverage but did not close schools in all regions. During this second-strike action, we will establish picket lines in front of our workplaces, namely schools, centers and head offices. Your representatives will inform you of the procedures in due course. In the meantime, let us sustain the mystery.
We believe that this pressure on the employer and the government will be a determining factor. It must become a reflection of our commitment to a settlement. It will support our hard-working negotiating teams.
We demand that the Treasury Board untie its purse strings. It is important to point out that since the start of this negotiation, there has always been only one million dollars on the table for the 10,000 professionals (which equals $ 100 per person). We want and deserve a lot more.
We are closer than ever to the goal and remain more determined than ever for a settlement.
Let’s stand in solidarity!