QUEBEC, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Late, last evening, the Association of
Employees of Northern Quebec (AENQ-CSQ), affiliated to the FSE, and the
Kativik school board negotiation committee (CPNCSK) reached an
agreement in principle for the renewal of the Kativik school board
(KSB) teachers' collective.
« This agreement will undoubtedly have a positive impact on direct
services to students and it will work to improve the quality of life of
KSB's teachers. We had big mandates and we met them all. We can say:
mission accomplished » declared M. Patrick D'Astous, president of
Subject to adoption by the members, the agreement of principle concluded
between parties and the result of negotiations that lasted a little
more than a year. This agreement meets all the major priorities of the
union, namely when it comes to special needs students. Thus, were
included in the agreement, different measures like the creation of a
three-way committee, be it at the local or regional level, a process
leading to services for specific needs of students in difficulty as
well as support for teachers. Unavoidable and claimed for a long time
by teachers, flexibility obtained to establish an adapted school
calendar is a major gain. Furthermore, the tightening and
implementation of measures for the global housing issue and other
regional disparities were also at the heart of the negotiation and
should facilitate the attraction and retention of teachers.
« All our congratulations to KSB teachers who, due to their strong
mobilization and their great resolve, reached their objectives and gave
themselves more ways to succeed », added M. Guy Savard, vice-president
of the Fédération des syndicats de l'enseignement (FSE-CSQ), political responsible of the negotiation.
The results of this agreement show the importance of collaboration and
open-mindedness in the search for solutions to the different problems
faced in Northern Quebec. Lets mention however that the negotiation
went through fast unfolding the past few days, following the impressive
mobilization demonstration of this union's members.
FSE-CSQ represents some 60 000 school board teachers in Quebec, from all
teaching sectors, whether preschool, primary, secondary, adult
education and vocational training.
AENQ regroups teachers and support staff employees from both the Cree
and Kativik school boards as well as employees from two childcare
centres of Eeyou Istchee. It contains more than 1400 members working
in, among others, the 9 Cree communities and the 14 Inuit communities
of Nunavik. It is affiliated to the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) and is represented, among others, in the Fédération des syndicats de l'enseignement (FSE).
SOURCE FEDERATION DES SYNDICATS DE L'ENSEIGNEMENT (CSQ)
For further information:
Patrick D'Astous, president AENQ