One of Quebec’s largest teachers’ federation suspends talks with government

President of the FAE union Sylvain Mallette (centre) during a teacher strike, September 30, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Mario Beauregard

MONTREAL – In what could be a sign of what’s to come on the teacher strike front, one of the province’s largest teachers’ union has broken off talks with the provincial government.

The Fédération autonome de l’enseignement (FAE) represents eight unions and about 34,000 French language teachers in and around Montreal.

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The group argued the government’s proposal has not changed after 64 meetings over ten months.

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“The government isn’t thinking about the pressing problems in our public schools,” said Sylvain Mallette, the FAE’s president.

“The FAE has no choice but to leave the negotiating table and ask the government to find another way to reach an agreement.”

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The group insisted the Premier is “obsessed” with his austerity agenda, much to the detriment of quality education for a generation of students.

The FAE will meet with its teachers Monday, Nov. 9 to discuss its next steps.

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