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QPAT Negotiations Bulletin 11
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May 2005  / Volume 11

 

 

Why a Bank of 5 Strike Days?

 

1.  Where are we at the negotiating table?

 

The employer group has totally rejected all of our demands.

 

It has maintained its attack on our working conditions:

·      By adding a series of principles which permit a complete reinterpretation of all of the working conditions.

·      By increasing mobility for all teachers placed on availability.

·      By removing special education categories and weighting, thereby permitting inequities from one school to the next.

·      By removing union controls over school level changes to class sizes.

 

We have to prevent this employer attempt to rip out the heart of our working conditions, the parameters establishing our workload, and find a way to advance OUR demands. The quality of the services to the students depends on our success.

 

We have to force the government’s hand.

 

2. Have our two days of strike done any good?

 

They certainly have! Here’s how :

·        Our negotiations made the news and our demands gained more public attention than ever.

·        The President of the Treasury Board, Mme. Jérôme-Forget, issued a number of public statements to the effect that the government is serious and wants to reach a settlement before June 30, 2005.

·         A political table for teacher negotiations (involving people closely tied to the Treasury Board) has been formed.

 

The employer group clearly wants to get things moving.

 

3. Why do we need a bank of strike days?

 

A bank of 5 strike days is, in and of itself, a serious weapon that need not be used in its entirety. Should we find ourselves still negotiating after June 30, this bank would enable us to act quickly as soon as school reopens in the fall.

 

We have to maintain the leverage we have gained.

 

4. When will the days in the bank be used?

 

The days will only be used once the democratic bodies of the Cartel (FSE-QPAT) have conducted a thorough analysis and concluded that this will facilitate progress in negotiations.

 

These days will only be used if absolutely necessary.

 

5. Doesn’t a strike just mean that the government saves money

     (loss of salary = more money for the government)?

 

We should be asking a different question : Are we prepared to exercise the pressure necessary to demonstrate to the government that teachers are determined to go to the limit to improve our working conditions, and, in doing so, the learning conditions for our students?

 

Your negotiators need your help for the final push!

 

 

Make sure you attend the Special General Meeting in your area!
May 10, 2005 RRHS Cluster at RRHS.
May 11, 2005 AGRHS Cluster at AGRHS.
May 12, 2005 MVHS Cluster at MVHS.
All meetings should be underway by 4:00 PM.
Voting will be by secret ballot.
Ballots will only be counted after the third meeting.
See your ATA Faxes for more details.

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