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                                         February 2005 / Volume 4

 

 

“Public Education is Our Future! Mr. Charest Invest Now!”

 

 

Our last negotiated collective agreement expired June 30, 2002.  A one-year extension was agreed to in order to try to settle our salary equity issues. Despite our best efforts, a salary equity agreement on the outstanding issue of how to rank each job category still has not been reached.  This ranking issue has important salary implications for us, since we are expecting to go up in the new ranking.

 

The government has also suggested that the total increase in the cost of teacher‑related dossiers cannot exceed 12.6% for the next six years including the cost of salary equity!

 

Our Union Demands, the Government and School Board “Offers”

 

After a skeletal deposit of our demands in March 2003, we deposited our full demands at both the sectorial (teacher‑related) and central (salary and pension) tables in November 2003.

 

We then waited for our employer (the government and the school boards in partnership) to deposit their “offers”, which happened in March and June 2004.  These “offers”, which might more correctly be referred to as “demands for concessions”, consisted of only a few pages of vague statements such as: “This employer offer is intended to allow teachers greater participation in the search for solutions to specific problems” (a quote from the CPNCA “offer”).  The clearest statement from the employer group was: “NO NEW MONEY!”

 

Our Request for Mediation

 

Before last summer, we requested mediation.  The mediator’s report of September 2004 saw little opportunity for a quick settlement.  It also placed us in a position to go on a legal strike.

 

We do not see how a negotiated settlement which will improve working conditions for our teachers and learning conditions for our students can be arrived at based on the vague philosophical statements advanced so far at the table.  This is especially true when it is placed in combination with the recurring “NO NEW MONEY” refrain.  These are not real negotiations, but a travesty of them.

 

Our Next Step

 

The following action plan was approved by the QPAT Board Of Directors:

 

Phase 1: “Light” Action

 

Period

Action

Description

Target

February 10, 11, 2005

Publicity

Stage 1

QPAT Provincial Council media event.

Media

February 14, 2005

School/centre portraits

Stage 2

Creation of a school/centre portrait.

Teachers in every school/centre

Mid-February 2005 onwards

School/centre portraits

Stage 3

Demonstrations at school board meetings, and presentation of school/centre portraits to commissioners.

 

Visit to governing board to submit school/centre portrait.

School board commissioners

 

 

 

Parents and adult students

Towards the end of February 2005

Follow‑up to “Letter to the Employer”

Campaign

 

Operation “MNA”

Stage 4

Submission of a report on the operation to the Director General of each school board by local union.

 

Local unions send copies to MNA’s on their territory with covering letter asking for support.

School board

 

 

 

 

Members of the National Assembly

 

 

Phase 2: Intensification of Action

 

“This is what my week is like….”

 

Week

Action

Description

March 7 to 11, 2005

Getting some attention.

Beginning of a publicity blitz – ads in local papers, on radio, etc.,  with a focus on how important and difficult our jobs are, and on what we need.

 

Windshield stickers with our slogan to publicize our cause.

March 7 to 11, 2005

 

Week 1

We are in mourning.

Monday action

 

We wear QPAT negotiations buttons with the slogan:

 

“Public education is our future! Mr. Charest invest now!”

 

Buttons may be worn every day for the rest of the campaign.

March 14 to 18, 2005

 

Week 2

We are visibly showing support for our demands in negotiations.

Tuesday action

 

We dress in black to indicate our complete dissatisfaction with the slow pace of negotiations.

 

This action continues every Tuesday throughout the campaign.

March 21 to 25, 2005

 

Week 3

We picket before school starts or at lunchtime in front of our schools/centres.

 

 

 

QPAT publicity campaign intensifies.

Wednesday action

 

We carry picket signs for 15 minutes before school or at lunchtime, whichever is more effective.

 

Wednesday picketing continues throughout the campaign.

 

In order to coincide with possible general meetings, a radio campaign begins based on our themes as above.

March 28 to

April 1, 2005

 

Week 4

 

We send faxes to the management negotiating team.

Thursday action

 

Union delegates send faxes to the CPNCA and the MEQ, telling the management team that we want real negotiations, and no more stalling.

April 3 to 7, 2005

 

Week 5

Surprise!

Wednesday, Thursday and/or Friday action

 

Action of local union’s choice.

 

Verification with QPAT for coordination.

 

Local unions are encouraged to hold a variety of social and festive events

at the local or regional levels throughout the five weeks of the operation.

 

 

 

Phase 3: Work Stoppages

 

This phase will be the subject of a SEPARATE CONSULTATION

which will be initiated only if warranted.

 

 

Period

Operation

Description

April 11 to 22, 2005

Strike Day 1

General meetings will be called to evaluate the necessity of one-day strikes.

Friday, May 6, 2005

Strike Day 2 for CSQ/QPAT

Mass gathering in Quebec City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's time for action.

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