Teachers: “Things have to change now”

By Matthew McCully
Teachers: “Things have to  change now”
(Photo : Matthew McCully)

Members of the Appalachian Teachers’ Association (ATA) held demonstrations in Cowansville and Granby Thursday to draw attention to stalled collective agreement negotiations with the government.
Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers (QPAT) President Heidi Yetman, protesting with the local teachers’ union, said if things don’t start moving at the negotiating table, unions will push for a strike mandate in January.
“Nothing is happening,” Yetman said. “In January we will have been at the table for a year.”
According to the QPAT president, On March 13 when everything closed down the government said negotiations should be put on hold and unions agreed.
“Two days later, Legault brought in the central unions and said we’re not taking a break, we have to move ahead,” Yetman said, explaining Legault was likely concerned about the health sector.
“So, we’ve been in negotiations all throughout the pandemic,” Yetman said, with the exception of a short break during the summer.
“Nothing is moving at the sectorial tables where we’re talking about our workload. Nothing is actually happening at the inter-sectorial tables either, where we’re talking about salary.”
Healthcare workers made signed an agreement with the government on Tuesday night.

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Positive solutions.
Positive solutions.
1 month ago


Positive solutions.
Positive solutions.
1 month ago

I think you should look at the health sector and try an understand what they have been put through…. Time to stop complaining and work!

Linda Mireault
Linda Mireault
1 month ago

You obviously have not been in a school lately. I am working extremely hard doing my regular job plus countless unpaid extra hours to meet the needs of my students. I 100% recognize that the health care sector is over burdened as well but we are two different professions and should not be compared. If you were having a hard time I would not tell you to “shut up because your neighbour has it worse”. We should all be fighting for a better tomorrow for everyone and not being divisive.