The teaching faculty at Marianopolis College in Montreal unanimously approved their first collective agreement.
The deal — reached two years after the employees unionized in April 2014 — includes rules for evaluating teachers as well as rules for governing disciplinary measures.
A dispute resolution procedure in line with those found in other contracts in the private education sector was also included in the collective agreement.
The teachers affected by the agreement are represented by the Marianopolis College Teachers’ Union, which became affiliated with the Fédération Nationale des Enseignantes et Enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN) in its efforts to reach an agreement with the employer.
“There is a clear advantage to joining forces,” said FNEEQ-CSN vice president Caroline Quesnel.
“In the private sector alone, we have added more than a dozen new unions in the past four years.”
The contract — which will expire in three years — was reached after 33 negotiating sessions. Twelve of those sessions took place in the presence of a conciliator appointed by the Minister of Labour.
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