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Education professionals demand fair negotiation

The NFSB education professionals picketing outside CVCEC on June 9 included 
Diane Donnelly, education consultant for special needs; Jane Fairhurst, academic and vocational information counselor; Una Levesque, counselor in re-education; Jayme McClintock, project development officer; Stacey Arnold, speech and hearing correction officer; and Wendy Brydon, speech-language pathologist.  PHOTO Daniel Wormeli


New Frontiers School Board (NFSB) elementary and secondary schools were closed on June 9, as the board’s 35 members of the Federation des professionnelles et professionels de l’éducation (FPPE) walked off the job in reaction to stalled contract negotiations with the government. Students at vocational and adult learning centres resumed classes in the afternoon.

Union members protested outside the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre and at the NFSB office in Chateauguay. Daniel Wormeli, a speech-language pathologist and president of the New Frontiers Association of Professionals, says that while this is the last strike to impact the school year, the union is not ruling out similar action come fall if an agreement is not reached.

Wormeli says people don’t understand how important education professionals are to the schools. Some professionals work directly with students, while others support teachers (education consultants, school librarians) or help keep the board running. Many employees are alone in their positions and work at multiple schools. (SR)



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