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Teachers call off strike action

Teachers carried out a first day of strike action on April 14, but the second day has been suspended. (PHOTO Lynn Harper)

The Federation of Teaching Unions and the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers (FSE-QPAT), which represents the members of the Chateauguay Valley Teachers Association (CVTA), have called off strike action planned for April 27.

A breakthrough saw negotiators reach a proposed settlement with the Treasury Council on April 21. The FSE federal council (conseil fédéral) decided on Friday to present the proposal to teachers through local union general assemblies.

In a press release, the unions said it was too soon to call this an agreement, but enough progress was made that the innovative strike has officially been cancelled.

“Under the circumstances, the organizations can’t speak of an agreement in principle since, despite interesting gains, some of their priorities have not been achieved,” wrote the unions. The proposal will not be made public until members have been able to review it.

The unions noted that while enough progress was made to suspend the strike, all other pressure tactics will remain in place.

Information was sent out to parents of some schools within the New Frontiers School Board Friday evening detailing plans to dismiss students earlier in the afternoon with adjusted departure times for buses.

A half day of strike action by professionals working in the schools has been announced on April 29, while white-collar support staff are planning a full day of strike action on May 11. (SR)

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