Sectoral agreements of the Common Front increase the pressure on

Two other FAE-affiliated unions vote in principle against the agreement – ​​

Dissatisfaction with the agreement in principle between the Autonomous Federation of Education (FAE) and Quebec is growing: two other affiliated unions rejected it late Thursday evening.

Quebec Region Education Union (SERQ) teachers gathered in a virtual general meeting voted against by 60%. This union represents about 9,000 teachers from school service centers in the capital and the Premières-Seigneuries and about 3,700 of them were present at the time of the vote.

Members of the Seigneurie Education Union (SES), who also met on Thursday evening, voted 58% against the agreement a little earlier in the evening.

The SES represents around 900 secondary, vocational and adult education teachers at the Trois-Lacs school service center in Montérégie.

Four for, four against

The fate of this agreement, reached at the end of December after more than 20 days of strikes, appears increasingly difficult to predict, as four unions have so far approved the agreement and four others have rejected it.

In order to be ratified, the agreement must, in principle, be accepted by the majority of the unions affiliated to the FAE (which has nine members) and by the majority of the members it represents.

It is the teachers of one last local union of the FAE, that of Haute-Yamaska ​​​​in Montérégie, who will have the final say during their general meeting scheduled for January 31.

If the agreement is rejected by a majority of members, teachers will not necessarily return to an indefinite general strike. To return to the negotiating table, the FAE must start from scratch and consult its teachers again on a new strategy and possible pressure tactics.

Teacher torn

The very close results so far show how much this agreement, reached at the end of December after more than 20 days of strikes, is dividing teachers.

On the salary front, the proposed rule provides for average salary increases of 21.5%, but in particular the “class composition” provisions, which are at the heart of the union's demands, disappoint several teachers.

The voices of the unions affiliated to the FAE on the agreement in principle:


Educational Union Pointe-de-l'Île

CSS de la Pointe-de-l'Île

5300 members

Result: for 59%

Alliance of Montreal Teachers

Montreal CSS

14,000 members

Result: for 54%

Outaouais Education Union

CSS des Portages-de-l'Outaouais, des Draveurs and Cœur-des-Vallées

6600 members

Result: for 58%

West Montreal Teachers Union

CSS Marguerite Bourgeoys

8000 members

Result: for 51%


Laval Region Education Union

Laval CSS

8000 members

Result: around 68%

Basses Laurentides Educational Union

Thousand Islands CSS

7900 members

Result: around 72%

Lordships Education Union

CSS of Trois-Lacs

900 members

Result: around 58%

Quebec Region Education Union

CSS of the Capital and First Lordships

9000 members

Result: around 60%

The Autonomous Education Federation brings together nine affiliated unions.

Members of the Haute-Yasmaska ​​​​Education Union in Montérégie will vote on January 31.

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