Jun 202016

The 2015-2020 collective agreement between QPAT and the CPNCA was signed June 16, 2016.

It provides for retroactivity on salary.

This retroactivity will be paid before September 30, 2016 for those employed during the 2015-2016 school year. Those who only worked during the 2014-2015 school year will be paid retroactivity fifteen days after those who worked the 2015-2016 school year are paid.


La convention collective 2015-2020 liant l’APEQ et le CPNCA a été signée le 16 juin 2016.

Elle prévoit une rétroactivité sur les clauses salariales.

Cette rétroactivité sera payée avant le 30 septembre 2016 pour les personnes qui étaient à l’emploi durant l’année scolaire 2015-2016. Pour les personnes qui étaient à l’emploi durant l’année scolaire 2014-2015 seulement la rétroactivité sera payée dans les 15 jours suivant le paiement des personnes à l’emploi en 2015-2016.

Oct 092015

The Common Front (which is made up of 400 000 public sector employees) announced the strike dates today during a press release. The Common Front has determined that a rotating strike will take place by regions in Quebec.

ESTA will, therefore, strike on the following dates:
– October 27
– November 12 and 13

Sep 172015


Tonight, the teachers of the Eastern Shores Teachers Association have vote IN FAVOUR of a bank of six (6) strike days, to be carried out as part of the Common Front.



YES VOTES:                           110 (91%)

NO VOTES:                            11 (9%)

SPOILED BALLOTS:            1

Sep 142015

On Monday, September 14, 2015, the ESTA Board of Directors were briefed on the lack of progress at the provincial negotiations table. The Board of Directors voted unanimously to conduct a general vote of the membership in order to obtain a legal strike mandate.

The general vote will occur at the same time in all schools and centres within the Eastern Shores territory. Each union delegate will conduct a vote by secret ballot in his/her school following an online presentation by Ray Venables, ESTA President.

DATE: Thursday, September 17, 2015
TIME: 4 p.m.
LOCATION: ESSB schools and centres
For more information, please ask your school/centre’s union delegate.

Aug 232015

August 23, 2015

Mr. Howard Miller
Director General
Eastern Shores School Board
40, rue Montsorrel, C.P. 500
New Carlisle, QC
G0C 1Z0

Dear Mr. Miller:

As part of the provincial Action Plan to support the ongoing provincial contract negotiations, the members of ESTA are now boycotting all training sessions organized by the administration or school board (this includes training sessions at the local and provincial levels).

What does this mean?  We will not attend optional training activities. As for compulsory activities, you can order us to attend and we will comply. However, participation will be PASSIVE in nature.

Furthermore, we ask that you respect our fifty (50) minute lunch hour and thirty-two (32) hours of presence per week to be respected (five hours per week should be teacher-directed as they are part of the Work of a Personal Nature (WPN) time).  Included in the 32 hours is any time spent traveling to workshops not held at our “home” school.


Ray Venables

cc. Ms. Nancy Doddridge, Director of Human Resources
Ms. Lisa Mosher, Director of Education Services
Mr. Wade Gifford, Chair of the Council of Commissioners
ESTA Union Delegates

Feb 012015

En cette période d’austérité idéologique qui mine le climat social, voici certains des principaux points contenus dans l’offre que le gouvernement a faite aux enseignantes et enseignants et aux élèves du Québec dans le cadre des négociations aux tables sectorielles.

Une augmentation majeure du nombre d’élèves par classe

  • Retour aux ratios d’il y a plus de 15 ans, donc ajout moyen de 2 à 5 élèves par classe, souvent plus, pouvant même aller jusqu’à 11 dans certains cas !
  • Pour les écoles en milieu défavorisé, retour au même ratio que les autres écoles
  • Abolition de la moyenne du nombre d’élèves par classe ; seul le maximum d’élèves servira
  • Ajout de 5 motifs pour dépasser le maximum d’élèves par classe

Plus d’élèves en difficulté dans les classes

  • Retrait de la valeur pondérée de catégories d’élèves en difficulté pour la composition de la classe (pondération à priori)
  • Retrait des définitions des élèves en difficulté d’apprentissage permettant de les identifier pour mieux les aider

Atteintes importantes à la tâche

  • Augmentation du temps de présence à l’école en faisant passer de 32 à 35 heures par semaine le temps de travail assigné par la direction (fin du temps de nature personnelle servant pour la préparation et la correction)
  • Recul sur l’entrée progressive au préscolaire et ajout de la possibilité de former des groupes à plus d’une année d’études entre la maternelle et la 1re année
  • Abolition de la distance de 50 km comme limite pour muter une enseignante ou un enseignant (contexte de fusions de commissions scolaires)

Atteintes importantes à l’autonomie professionnelle

  • Perfectionnement prescrit par l’employeur
  • Imposition de certains outils d’enseignement

Abolition du plancher d’emploi en formation professionnelle et à la formation générale des adultes

Fin de l’obligation de respecter la liste de rappel pour la formation sur mesure

Et ce n’est qu’un petit aperçu de ce cauchemar ! Il est clair que ce sont les élèves et les enseignantes et enseignants qui écopent.

Tous ensemble, signifions au gouvernement que ces offres sont inacceptables !

S’il vous plaît ajouter vos voix à la pétition en suivant ce lien:


Feb 012015

The current ideology of austerity embraced by this government is meant to undo Quebec’s social infrastructures. The Government’s offer to Quebec’s teachers in this round of negotiations serves to prove that. Here are some points from their sectorial offer deposited on Dec 16, 2014.

A major increase in the number of students per class:

  • Return to the ratios of fifteen years ago, adding an average of two to five students per class, often more, with the possibility of eleven more in some cases!
  • For schools in economically disadvantaged areas, a return to the same ratio as other schools
  • Abolition of average class sizes: only the maximum number of students will be respected
  • Addition of five reasons to legally justify exceeding the maximum number of students per class

More students with special needs in each class:

  • Elimination of weighting of students with special needs in making up a class (a priori weighting)
  • Elimination of the definitions of various learning difficulties which identified students in order to help them better

Significant attacks on teacher workload:

  • Increase in presence time at school from 32 to 35 hours a week to be assigned by administration (no more time for personal work for preparation and correcting)
  • Elimination of progressive entry for preschool and addition of the possibility to form multilevel groups between kindergarten and Grade One
  • Abolition of the 50 km limit to transfer a teacher (in the context of school board fusions)

Significant attacks on professional autonomy:

  • Professional improvement prescribed by the employer
  • Imposition of specific teaching methods

Elimination of a minimum number of jobs in technical education and adult education

No more obligation to respect the recall list

This is only a glimpse of the nightmare! It’s clear that students and teachers will suffer from this.

Together, let’s tell the government that these offers are unacceptable!

Please add your voices to the online petition by following this link:


Dec 182014

Teacher unions where taken aback by the Government’s insulting offer this week. All indications are that there will be an ugly fight between the Liberal Government and its teachers in the new year. Although Liberal leader Philippe Couillard stated that “Education is the best investment of all for the future” on March 10, 2014, it seems that neither the Treasury Board nor Yves Bolduc, Minster of Education, agree.

Read QPAT’s press release here. Ou ici en français.

Read the details of the Government’s offer here. Ou ici en français.

Note: all documents are available on QPAT’s website at http://www.qpat-apeq.qc.ca/

May 292014

Dear ESTA teachers,

You will soon be receiving a document in the mail at your schools/centres from QPAT concerning our inter-sectorial demands (i.e. salary demands). A second document will also be sent to isolated regions (i.e. Fermont and the Magdalen Islands) concerning regional disparities.

Once you receive a the consultation document, please complete and submit it to your school/centre’s union delegate. The deadline to submit the votes to the ESTA office is June 30, 2014.

Thank you and have a good union day!