(SHERBROOKE) Strike votes will multiply in September in the world of education. Besides teachers Cégep de Sherbrooke, Union members of the teaching of the Eastern Townships (EES) also vote on a strike mandate in mid-September. “We will disrupt the reception staff (next week),” the president of EDC, Benoit Houle. The union should stick to visibility actions during re-entry students. Conducting school activities, however, could be threatened in the coming weeks due to pressure tactics.
“We will not disrupt the activities of the school year,” says Benoit Houle, highlighting that teachers rather held in the port of sweaters or banners display.
The SEE represents about 3500 members in the three French school boards in the region. Last spring, they adopted an action plan that provides in particular for not sticking only to duties under the collective agreement.
What will be the impacts on school trips, for example? “It will depend on the school and the direction,” says Mr. Houle adding that the teacher’s time must be compensated, for example by reducing the time of custody or supervision.
“There are activities that are more difficult to compensate, for example when a teacher from one week trip with his students,” he illustrates noting that the record of the Convention could be addressed when such trips will show up tarddans the year.
Benoit Houle says he’ll know more at the beginning of the strike mandate to be presented to teachers.
Among the irritants of employer demands, he cites the increasing number of students in classes, the elimination ratios for special classes path, removing ratios for disadvantaged schools …
Union members of the professional staff of the Cégep de Sherbrooke (CSQ) will also be invited in general meeting, September 23, where they will be asked to vote on a strike. The teachers of the institution will gather to them on September 9.