French and English school unions gather to protest working conditions

By Michael Boriero - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
French and English school unions gather to protest working conditions
(Photo : Michael Boriero)

Dozens of union members affiliated with the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) gathered in protest outside of Coalition Avenir Québec MNA Geneviève Hébert’s office Thursday afternoon.
The CSQ, which represents roughly 125,000 members in the education field, called on its unions in a show of solidarity. They are demanding the provincial government come back to the negotiation table to establish a new contract for educators and support staff.
With music blaring in the background, protesters lined King Street East, some waving blue flags with the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers logo and others holding posters with the words “It has to change now!”
Members of the Appalachian Teachers’ Association (ATA) were also present for the protest, having received an invitation to stand in line with their French counterparts. According to ATA Treasurer Martin Roberts, teachers are fed up with the current situation.
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