How about salaries?
Salary and other monetary items (like pension
plans, parental rights, insurance plans, regional disparities) are negotiated with the Treasury Board at a central table as
they apply not only to teachers but to almost all public and para-public workers. To
date, only preliminary talks have occurred at the central table. It is expected,
however, that the traditional common front partners (QFL, CNTU, CSQ) will actively pressure the government for a salary settlement
starting in November.
The Treasury Board
salary offer is currently as follows:
(Reminder: the last pay increase of 2% dates
back to April 2003)
2% — April 2006
2% — April 2007
2% — April 2008
2% — April 2009
teacher salary demand, as revised last June, is a minimum average of 2% per year for the duration of the contract and with
no year at 0%,
The government has repeated on numerous occasions
that it can only afford an increase of 12.6% in this round of negotiations. This
princely amount must cover all salary increases … and … all improvements to other
central table items (pensions, parental rights, etc.) … and … the settlement of
Conclusion and action
The distance between the
parties at the sectorial level is not great, although it is very significant to us.
The mystery is why the management
side is so adamant about their demanded concessions.
In concert with our cartel
partners, QPAT is considering an increase in the level of action to support both our sectorial negotiations and our salary
demands. The proposal under consideration is for a three-day strike
mandate. The details on how such a mandate
would be used here have not yet been discussed. More information will follow.