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Quebec Teacher Unions Reach Partial Agreement with Government, but Strike Continues

Arafat Rahman

Common front union members demonstrate, blocking the entrance of the National Assembly at the legislature in Quebec City on Dec. 8, 2023. (The Canadian Press/Jacques Boissinot)

Two major teachers’ unions in Quebec, representing over 100,000 educators, have reached a preliminary deal with the provincial government on work conditions. While the details won’t be released until after members review and provide feedback, this marks a small breakthrough in ongoing labour disputes that threaten broader public service disruptions.

The agreement doesn’t address teacher salaries, which are still being negotiated under a broader alliance of public sector workers. This alliance has already held strikes and threatened further action if progress isn’t made.

Union leaders called this partial deal a “big step forward,” but acknowledged it’s only halfway to a full resolution. Meanwhile, a separate union representing 66,000 teachers remains on an indefinite strike that’s impacting hundreds of schools.

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