By Michael Boriero – Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Syndicat des Enseignants et Enseignantes du Collège Champlain de Lennoxville (SECCL) utilized its first mandated strike day on Tuesday, as demands for a new collective agreement for teachers and support staff in Quebec continue to fall on deaf ears.
The SECCL, a union that represents all teachers at Champlain College in Lennoxville, operates under the Fédération des Enseignantes et Enseignants de Cégep (FEC) and the Centrale des Syndicats du Québec (CSQ). The CSQ recently approved a five-day strike mandate.
According to SECCL President Nicolas Lecomte, after 15 months of stalled negotiations with the provincial government, he feels that now is the time to act. As early as 7:30 a.m., union members lined the College Street sidewalk just outside of the main building.
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