Nicholas Pereira, Courrier Laval, Local Journalism Initiative
The Federation of Early Childhood Workers of Quebec (FIPEQ-CSQ) announced that the agreement in principle entered into with the Ministère de la Famille for the regulated and subsidized family environment was approved by 82.4% by its members.
The parties did not agree on the interpretation of section 32 of the Act respecting the representation of certain persons responsible for a home childcare service and on the regime for negotiating a collective agreement. This article provides that the parties must agree on a comparator job and negotiate the remuneration of those responsible for educational services accordingly.
Despite a first concession from the FIPEQ-CSQ, to use the comparator job offered by the ministry, that is to say the educator not trained at step 1 paid at $ 16.75 per hour, the latest government offers represented l ‘equivalent of $ 12.83 per hour.
The Federation therefore proposed to resort to an arbitrator in order to avoid the conflict and settle the question.
The compromise was ultimately to entrust the interpretation of this article, both in terms of calculation and comparator jobs, to a committee sponsored by an independent expert who could issue its recommendations.
Its conclusions would apply on April 1, 2022, but the ministry agreed to increase its last offer to $ 13.11 per hour for the year 2019-2020 as an advance on the monetary adjustment which will be recommended by the committee.
“In the context of an upsurge in COVID-19, we wanted to quickly find a compromise with the ministry,” explains Valérie Grenon, president of the FIPEQ-CSQ, in a press release. This agreement is only the first step towards real recognition of family environments in Quebec. ”
As a reminder, those in charge of family education services affiliated with the FIPEQ-CSQ called an indefinite general strike on September 21. This followed a rotating strike that took place from September 1 to 18.