CPE union en­dorses strike man­date

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Early child­hood cen­ter work­ers in the East­ern Town­ships have taken a ma­jor step in up­ping pres­sure to un­block ne­go­ti­a­tions for pro­vin­cial ar­range­ments with their em­ploy­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tions and the Que­bec Min­istry of the Fam­ily.

The mem­bers of the Syn­di­cat des tra­vailleuses et des tra­vailleurs des cen­tres de la pe­tite en­fance de l’es­trie (STTCPEECSN voted on Fri­day to au­tho­rize six days of work stop­page to be used at the dis­cre­tion of the union.

The 850 union mem­bers have been with­out a con­tract since March 31, 2015, the union de­cries in a com­mu­niqué.

“Work­ers have sent a clear mes­sage to the gov­ern­ment and em­ploy­ers,” said De­nis Beaudin, pres­i­dent of the Es­trie CSN Cen­tral Coun­cil “The mes­sage is that they are de­ter­mined to ob­tain an em­ploy­ment con­tract guar­an­tee­ing con­di­tions that al­low them to ad­e­quately per­form their work with chil­dren.”

Stéphanie Va­chon, pres­i­dent of the STTCPEE, added that, “Af­ter 30 ne­go­ti­at­ing meet­ings, only non-mon­e­tary mat­ters have been agreed upon.”

The com­mu­niqué also points out that, “In this ne­go­ti­a­tion, em­ployer de­mands rep­re­sent sig­nif­i­cant de­clines not only in the work­ing con­di­tions of union­ized work­ers, but also in the qual­ity of ser­vices of­fered to chil­dren.”

“This is more than just an em­ployer/em­ployee con­flict,” Va­chon added. “Through our de­mands, we are also try­ing to en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity of the early child­hood cen­ter net­work, a net­work that is re­li­able and uni­ver­sally praised by the pop­u­la­tion of Que­bec for its pro­vi­sion of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional care for our chil­dren.”

The union rep­re­sents 35 early child­hood cen­tres em­ploy­ing more than 850 fe­male work­ers.

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