Renewal of collective agreements for teaching, professional and support staff
of the Kativik School Board

Negotiating to improve services offered to Nunavik students

MONTREAL, Feb. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - From February 9 until today, the Management Negotiating Committee for the Kativik School Board (CPNCSK) has been meeting with the various unions representing Kativik School Board teaching, professional and support staff to present its proposals for non-salary related clauses, as part of negotiations to renew collective agreements for all employees of the Board.

"The CPNCSK wants to conduct swift negotiations that will contribute to the well-being of Kativik School Board employees and lead to better services for the nearly 3,350 students receiving an education in Nunavik schools, explains CPNCSK spokesman Jean-Claude Turcotte. We are confident our approach to important issues will resonate positively with the unions and that we can reach an agreement in a timely fashion." While factoring in the challenges stemming from the geographical situation of the Kativik School Board, the CPNCSK wishes to discuss working conditions pertaining to housing and various benefits offered as regional disparities in order to increase the Board's efficiency.

The employer-group's proposals center around four main themes that address student services, as well as employees' needs. Developed with Nunavik's very specific geographical and social environment in mind, the orientations are as follows:

    - Optimizing the use of available resources;
    - Increasing the quality of services offered to students by adapting work
    - Updating and modernizing collective agreements to make their texts more
    - Restructuring relations and interactions between the Board and the
      unions to make the partnership and problem-solving process even more

"The success of our students remains our priority and their academic achievements must be combined with the challenges posed by the social and geographical context of Nunavik. The improvement of the services offered to students rests in part on our ability to develop a work organization compatible with the School Board's objective and on the optimization of available resources, adds Mr. Turcotte. Those are essential tools in ensuring the students' success." The spokesman will be available to further explain the proposals put forth by the CPNCSK once they have been officially deposited with the unions. (see calendar below)

The CPNCSK organizes and coordinates negotiations for non-salary related clauses for over 400 teachers, close to 90 professionals and more than 200 support staff employees of the Kativik School Board, which provides educational services to 14 villages of the Inuit community. Its members are appointed by the School Board and by the ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport. The issues negotiated by the employer-group are often referred to as "normative clauses" and include everything from pension plans to teachers' task and workload. Salaries are not included in these negotiations as they are subject to talks between the unions and the Treasury Board.

                           Employer-group deposits
    Union                                                     Date
    Fédération des professionnelles et professionnels
    de l'éducation du Québec (FPPE-CSQ)                       February 15
    Fédération du personnel de soutien scolaire (FPSS-CSQ)    February 9
    Association de l'enseignement du Nouveau-Québec (ANEQ)
    Northern Quebec Teaching Association                      February 16


For further information: For further information: interview requests: Jean-Pierre St-Gelais, Communications Director, CPNCSK, (514) 458-8572

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