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QPAT Negotiations Bulletin 13
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June 2005 / Volume 13


Negotiations Break Down

The dust has begun to settle after an explosive round of June negotiations... but instead of a collective agreement, we have an impasse. A hectic series of lengthy sessions culminated in a late night session Friday, June 17th.

Significant progress was made towards a sectorial agreement. The special needs provisions of the collective agreement were to be reworked into a more manageable format with a welcome infusion of $100 million of new funding. A number of other issues remained to be worked out, but there seemed to be light at the end of the tunnel.

We were blindsided at 11:00 p.m. by an insulting salary offer from the Treasury Board via the intersectorial table. The new offer? 8% over 7 years!

Year 1; ZERO
Year 2; ZERO
Year 3; ZERO
Year 4; 2%
Year 5; 2%
Year 6; 2%
Year 7; 2%

This offer sabotaged any hope of a settlement! Even the MELS negotiators informed our negotiators that continuing would be pointless. We were and are still ready to sit down and hammer out a deal, but if one government department seeks to undermine another, this may be difficult. A complete lack of communication seems to exist between departments in this dysfunctional government.

Does the government expect teachers to fund their own special services? Must we pay for improvements via forgoing salary increases for three years? If this is the case, we are better off with the status quo!

This turn of events can be seen as nothing less than a provocation! The Liberal government seems to be pinning its re-election hopes on the defeat of the Public Service Unions.

This challenge cannot remain unanswered! The teachers of Quebec must mobilize and turn the 2005-2006 school year into a troublesome one.




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