The Western Quebec Teachers’ Association has voted 95 per cent in favour of a five-day strike mandate.
The union representing more than 500 English teachers in 33 schools and centres at the Western Quebec School Board could walk off the job as early as the middle of February.
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The Western Quebec Teachers’ Association is one of 10 unions representing all teachers in the English sector in Quebec.
Of six bargaining units that have voted so far, between 84 and 95 per cent have been in favour of the strike mandate, said Heidi Yetman, president of the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers.
“Most of you have agreed that enough is enough and the government needs to be told that the teaching profession is in definite need of improvements,” Yetman said in a message to members. “And you have given our negotiators they support they need at the table.”
Yetman said the Quebec government had let teachers down and she urged union members who hadn’t voted yet to participate in virtual assemblies next week.
“These are difficult times. Teachers are caregivers by nature,” Yetman said. “But it’s time to put yourselves first and demand substantial improvements of your overall working conditions.”
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