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QPAT Negotiations Bulletin 3
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February 2005  / Volume 3

 

 

“Letter to the Employer” Campaign

 

Well done!  More than 300 “Letters to the Employer” were received at QPAT from our schools.  This is a very high rate of return.  Union reps and teachers are to be commended for such an excellent response.

 

The letters are being deposited at the anglophone negotiation table … and are producing a reaction.  The CPNCA is responding in writing to each school rep.  Not unexpectedly,  the employer’s rhetoric is neither accurate nor helpful.  However the important thing is that our message is getting through loud and clear.

 

 

Table Meetings

 

As of the end of January, the anglophone teacher table had met 25 times.  The francophone teacher table has met more often (around 40 times) and all the other groups in the education sector (support staffs, professionals, and Cegep employees) have met less often.  Despite all these negotiation sessions, no significant movement has been recorded anywhere.  The issue of course is not one of number of meetings.  Until the employer representatives receive appropriate mandates (i.e. new monies) from the Treasury Board, very little progress will occur at any table.

 

 

The QPAT Action Plan

 

To put further pressure on the government, QPAT and the local unions are preparing an action plan that will include publicity, appeals to school boards and MNA’s as well as teacher-driven work action at the school level.

 

The thrust of this mobilisation is to force the government to recognize that all is not well in the schools of Quebec.   Much needed improvements are long overdue.  Our demands in this round of negotiatons reflect real problems and suggest  appropriate solutions.  We now need to convince the government to negotiate seriously.

 

 

Reminder

 

Don’t believe everything that is reported by the media.  As negotiations unfold for the 400 000 or so employees of the public and parapublic sectors, many different work actions will be undertaken by various unions.  The media has been known to report inaccurately who is doing what.  (Before Christmas, Gaspé teachers heard from their local CBC of their impending day of strike … actually planned only for the local CEGEP!).  Don’t hesitate to call your union office to clarify the latest rumour that might be going around.

 

In keeping with our democratic practices, any “heavy” job action will have to be approved by a vote of the membership of each local union. 

 

 

New mandates are needed!

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