QPAT informs, supports and develops training tools for representatives of its ten different local unions, including on issues of interpretation and application of the collective agreement. According to Cukier, since 2014, the 2010-2015 collective agreement has drawn QPAT`s attention to the unexplained omission of a work-life balance scheme (WFB). Peter Sutherland, a member of QPAT`s board of directors, indicated in 2015 and early 2016 that such an absence was an oversight of the QPAT negotiating team and that it would be corrected in the 2015-2020 collective agreement. That is not what happened. Montreal, March 9, 2017 – The omission of their collective agreement for a work-life balance clause for English-speaking teachers in Quebec is considered grossly unfair and discriminatory, said a group of teachers who are asking their union, the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers (QPAT), to correct this omission. Teacher workload specifications are defined in Chapter 8 of the provincial collective agreement, which includes teaching, supervision and meeting time for all teachers in our system. The workload depends on different factors, for example. B the area in which you teach and the percentage of your contract. Contact your local union for more information about your workload. QPAT negotiates working conditions under the provincial agreement for teachers working in the nine English-language school boards and the Littoral School Board. QPAT negotiates with the Federation of Educational Trade Unions (FSE).
The situation is unacceptable because the WFB is included in the collective agreements of unions representing French-speaking teachers and fellow English-speaking non-teachers. Only English-speaking teachers and bus drivers are deprived of this clause and the benefits that make them vulnerable to stressful negotiations on a case with a particular employer, comprehensive union complaints, insecurity and financial disadvantage. Our union was created in 1998 by the merger of the Laval English Catholic Teachers` Association and the North Island Laurentian Teachers` Union. Our Board of Directors was established as an English-speaking school trustee and served as an English-speaking school trustee. It currently operates 42 schools and centres. Our union meets regularly with the school committee to review education policy (EPC), decide on the use of Career Improvement Grants (PIPs), develop strategies and procedures for children with special needs (Special Committee on Gender Policy), train new teachers (teacher training committee) and study together issues related to the interpretation of our collective agreement (Labour Committee).