Another union affiliated with the Autonomous Education Federation (FAE) narrowly accepted the agreement in principle reached with Quebec on Tuesday evening, becoming the fourth to approve it.
At the general meeting, almost 51% of the members of the West Montreal Education Union voted in favor, a very narrow majority that shows how much this agreement, reached after more than 20 days of strike, divides teachers.
In order to be ratified, the agreement must, in principle, be accepted by a majority of the nine local unions affiliated to the FAE and by a majority of the members it represents.
So far, teachers from five unions have spoken at a general meeting.
The agreement was rejected by 68% of teachers in Laval, but accepted by a very narrow majority of those from the Alliance of Professors of Montreal (52%) and by almost 60% of teachers from Pointe-de-l'Île and Outaouais (respectively 58.5% and 57%).
On the salary front, the agreement basically provides for average salary increases of 21.5%, but in particular the “class composition” regulations, which are at the core of the union's demands, disappoint several teachers.