|EMSB CHAIRMAN HAILS AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 6, 2016 – The English Montreal School Board is pleased with news that agreements in principle have been reached between its unions and the Quebec government and that the ban on extra-curricular activities will be lifted.
While these agreements still must come to votes in the weeks ahead, EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini said she welcomes a return to normalcy.
“I commend all parties for coming together,” said Ms. Mancini. “As the parent of a high school student, I know what a hardship it was not to have those extra-curricular activities in place. We value the work done by all of our employees and know that all parties concerned are delighted we can get back our regular routines of athletic competitions, field trips, school plays and many other activities.”
Ms. Mancini said that meetings will take place next week with the Quebec English School Boards Association and the Comité patronal de négociation pour les commissions scolaires anglophones (CPCNA) to hear the summary points of the agreements reached with each unionized group. “Once information and details become available, we will have more to say on the subject,” she said.
Peter Sutherland, president of the Montreal Teachers Association, issued this statement: “As you are probably aware, we have reached agreements in principle with the government on both sectorial and inter-sectorial issues. We will be having a special general meeting in a couple of weeks in order to ratify the agreement by vote. You will receive detailed information about both agreements before then. In the meantime, we are suspending all actions related to our negotiations, including the 32-hour workweek and boycotting of extra-curricular activities. Put simply, those extra-curricular activities can resume.”
Michael J. Cohen