Historic Mobilization of Professionals
Karine Lapierre, Communications and Mobilization Consultant
With 95% of the votes, a strike vote could go as far as an unlimited general strike, and there are 9 days of strike action looming. Never since the FPPE (CSQ) was founded in 1985 have education professionals and their Front commun colleagues shown such determination. This strike is historic: you are writing history from the picket lines.
Ever since the first half strike day on November 6, our professionals have braved the cold, wind and snow, and courageously forfeited their pay to send a clear message to the government: working conditions no longer allow us to attract and retain student-support professionals; the future of public services is at stake.
From picket lines to protests, from convoys to rallies, from Hâvre-Saint-Pierre to Alma, Montreal, Gatineau, Gaspé, Rouyn-Noranda, Oudjebougoumou and Rimouski, your voice, your footsteps and your anger resonate all the way to Québec City and the negotiation tables.
The public is honking their support and we’re hearing touching stories of parents bringing teachers coffee and doughnuts, taking part in human chains and joining in the protest side-by-side.
The FPPE’s Executive Board supports you and will continue to support you over the next few months.
Our collective efforts are paying off. In the media, columnists and influencers are talking about our student-support professionals, the issues they face and how crucial they are to the proper functioning of the education system and for the future of Quebec’s youth. Over a hundred articles, overviews and mentions have been made about our professionals since the strike began.
It’s all thanks to you.
The Fédération salutes your courage and strength. Your enthusiasm carries us forward and inspires us.
We will be off again this week.