CPE unions reach agreement in principle with Quebec government

Record Staff

The Fédération des intervenantes en petite enfance du Québec (FIPEQ-CSQ) suspended the unlimited general strike planned for Thursday in several Centres de la petite enfance (CPE) with an agreement in principle on the way in the next few days.

The FIPEQ-CSQ represents about 13,000 CPE members — early childhood educators, cooks, maintenance, and administrative staff — throughout the province. The union stated in a press release that it will not comment on the agreement until it’s presented to its members.

Government Administration Minister and Chair of the Conseil du trésor Sonia LeBel as well as Families Minister Mathieu Lacombe announced the conclusion of a third agreement in principle with the FIPEQ-CSQ late Wednesday evening.

In a press release, the Quebec government notes the agreement proposes “improvements to the remuneration and working conditions of the employees concerned,” and it will also remain confidential until it has been approved by the members of FIPEQ-CSQ.

“This third agreement in principle in the CPE sector will have major positive repercussions on the maintenance and recruitment of workers essential to the development of our little ones, and this, in all regions of Quebec,” said LeBel.
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