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Negotiations 2009-2010 Reverse Timeline

 

On March 11, 2011 we were informed by the FNEEQ Negotiating Committee
that a text had been signed resolving the outstanding issues and that the
final contract should be signed by March 31 (both locally and provincially).
This means the new provisions will come into effect, including the new resources
for next year's allocation project.
See the most recent FNEEQ Info-Nego (in French or English) for more details.

The "clause-by-clause" writing of the collective agreement continues... There
are unresolved issues over workload and remuneration. Read more in the latest FNEEQ InfoNego (in either French or English).

On Tuesday, September 14, the JACFA General Assembly voted to approve
both agreements in principle, and the overall vote results in FNEEQ attained
the double majority (of unions and members voting) required on both the
central table and the sectoral table votes. We should know the results for
the whole Common Front by the end of September for the central table vote.

General Assembly voting, September 14, 2010

On August 20, the FNEEQ Regroupement Cegep voted to recommend acceptance
of this agreement to local unions. Click here to read JACFA's summary of
what's in the two agreements.

On Thursday, June 24, an agreement-in-principle was reached at the central
table on clauses relating to salaries, pensions, parental rights etc. between the
Common Front and the government. To read the CSN's detailed consultation document on it, click here to get it in French or here for the English version.

On Friday, June 11, intensive negotiations began which led to an agreement-
in-principle
(also available in unofficial English translation) at the FNEEQ
sectoral table late on Sunday, June 13. The FNEEQ Regroupement Cegep
voted to recommend acceptance of this agreement to local unions on Thursday,
June 17.

On Thursday, April 29, the FNEEQ Regroupement Cegep unanimously rejected
the government's "global offer" and voted to consult local unions on a counter-
offer (click on the link to read it in French or the English translation). We
discussed this at our JACFA General Assembly on May 12.

FNEEQ demonstrated at the Minister of Education's Montreal office on April 29.

Minister of Education

April 29 Demo Montreal

On Monday, April 26, FNEEQ finally received our employer's "global offer", over
three weeks after the last bargaining session on April 2.

On Friday, April 23, the FNEEQ Regroupement Cegep adopted an action plan (available in French and English) calling for unions to express their displeasure
with how the negotiations are progressing so far.

On Tuesday, April 6, the government declared the "blitz" was over, and
negotiations would resume their regular pace. Union representatives noted
that as there had been no openness to discuss the unions key issues in
the "blitz" at the sectoral tables, this would change little.

On March 28, the leaders of the Common Front and the Treasury Board
President (Monique Gagnon-Tremblay) agreed to pursue a negotiations "blitz"
to try to reach a settlement by the end of the week. The unions agreed to
identify two or three key issues at each sectoral table and the government
agreed to withdraw the "irritants" in its counter-proposals.

On March 20 over 70 000 public sector workers (including a delegation from
John Abbott shown below!) demonstrated in Montreal, marching from Place
du Canada to Premier Jean Charest's office to call for negotiated collective agreements. The President of the Treasury Board once again promised a
negotiations blitz to try to reach a resolution by the expiration of the decree
on March 31...

JAC delegation

On February 22, over 3000 delegates from across the Common Front met in
Quebec City and held a lunch-time demonstration in front of the National
Assembly. We were informed that the government had agreed to intensify negotiations to try to reach a negotiated settlement by March 31, 2010.


Common Front demonstrationQuebec City February 22, 2010

The next day, FNEEQ delegates mandated its representatives to accelerate negotiations and report back on progress on March 12.

January 29, 2009: the FNEEQ Regroupement Cégep votes unanimously to reject
both the central and sectoral table offers as the basis of a settlement.

January 14, 2009: the government deposits an offer elaborating on its central
table (salaries and pensions) offer. Over a proposed five year contract, annual increases of 0.5%, 0.75%, 1%, 1.25% and 1.5% are offered, totaling 5%. The
CSN's analysis -- if we accept this, we will lose 3.5-5% of our purchasing power.

December 17, 2009: our employers Comité patronal de négociation des collèges (CPNC) responded to our demands. No comment on our most important
demands; they are focusing on a probation period for new teachers where they would have no hiring priority. No new resources unless "savings" are found; the
only example the CPNC reps have provided is to cut chair and program release.

December 15, 2009: anniversary of the 2005 decree. The Common Front demonstrates outside Jean Charest's office in Montreal, calling for real
negotiations this time around and delivering Christmas postcards from members.

Dec15 demo 1

Dec15 demo 2

Dec15 demo 3

 

The Common Front's analysis of the government's central table offer: it's a
thinly disguised salary freeze. At least negotiations have begun...

GelDeguise

The government replied to our central table demands with its offer on
December 1, 2009. A salary increase of 7% over five years including all pay
equity and sectoral scale adjustments, more "flexibility" (for them, not us!)...

FNEEQ's sectoral demands were adopted in October after consulting local
unions (see the JACFA General Assembly on October 7, 2009) and were
deposited with the government on October 30, 2009, and locally here at John
Abbott as well!

Oct. 30 JAC interunion march

depositing our demands

 

Central table demands were adopted by the CSN in May after consulting
local unions. They were harmonized with the Common Front and deposited with
the government on October 30, 2009.
For more information, consult the CSN public sector negotiations website.

The three union centrals (the CSN, the FTQ and the SISP) agreed to form a
unified Common Front for negotiations at the central table in the spring of 2009.
CommonFront

FNEEQ elected its Negotiation and Mobilization committee for this round of negotiations in January 2009.

 

FNEEQ Info-Nego (sectoral table)

Info-Nego v2n18 March 21, 2011 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n17 February 24, 2011 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n16 February 9, 2011 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n15 September 25, 2010 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n14 May 3, 2010 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n13 April 13, 2010 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n12 March 26, 2010 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n11 March 23, 2010 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n10 March 16, 2010 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n9 March 9, 2010 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n8 March 3, 2010 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n7 February 26, 2010 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n6 February 23, 2010 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n5 February 17, 2010 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n4 January 2009 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n3 December 2009 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n2 November 2009 - French original English translation
Info-Nego v2n1 October 2009 - French original English translation

CSN Info-Nego (central table)

Info-Nego 12 July 9, 2010 - French original or English translation
Info-Nego 11 April 12, 2010 - French original
Info-Nego 10 March 22, 2010 - French original
Info-Nego 9 March 8, 2010 - French original or English translation
Info-Nego 8 February 19, 2010 - French original or English translation
Info-Nego 7 February 15, 2010 - French original or English translation
Info-Nego 6 February 9, 2010 - French original or English translation
Info-Nego 5 February 2, 2010 - French original or English translation
Info-Nego 4 January 2010 - French original or English translation
Info-Nego 3 December 2009 - French only or English translation
Info-Nego 2 October 2009 - French original
Info-Nego 1 August 2009 - French original or English translation
Info-Equité June 2009 - French original
Info-Nego April 2009 - French original

 

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