Canada

FAE teachers union, Quebec reach an agreement in principle

The agreement includes advances "in terms of salary and in terms of conditions of employment."

An empty Grade 1 classroom.

Teachers affiliated with the FAE union will vote in the coming weeks on an agreement in principle reached with Quebec.

The Fédération autonome de l’enseignement studied on Thursday and Friday the proposed settlement that would renew the collective agreement for its 49,000 teaching members.

Friday evening, the union said in a statement that the proposed settlement was “indeed an agreement in principle” and it will be presented at virtual general meetings.

The president of the FAE, Sylvain Mallette, spoke of “major advances.”

The agreement includes advances “in terms of salary and in terms of conditions of employment,” Mallette said.

The minister responsible for government administration, Sonia Lebel, said Friday she was proud of the agreement.

“Not only is this the first agreement reached with elementary and secondary teachers, but also the first comprehensive agreement in principle within the framework of these negotiations,” she said in a statement.

Education Minister Jean-François Roberge said, “I am convinced that this agreement in principle, which proposes an improvement in working conditions for nearly 50,000 teachers who are members of the FAE, will allow us to put in place the conditions necessary” for the success of young people in throughout Quebec.

The FAE indicated that talks could continue into Friday.

For several weeks, the unions attached to the FAE have been consulting their members on a mandate for an indefinite general strike that would be called on May 31.

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