Workers at dozens of daycares in Montreal and Laval on strike today, tomorrow
6,000 children will be affected during 2-day strike action
Workers at 61 daycares in the Montreal and Laval area will began a two-day strike Wednesday, affecting around 6,000 children — and their parents.
The 1,500 daycare educators are part of the CSN-affiliated Montreal and Laval daycare workers' union.
The union is at a stalemate with the Association Patronale des CPE, a group that represents the employers.
Carole Leroux, the union president, told CBC that the workers have been without a regional collective agreement since 2015.
"It's going slowly," she said. "We want things to go faster. We want to show them we are serious."
Leroux said they want something on par with the deal the CSN reached with the province last November, which, among other things, improved working conditions.
Paul Berry, a father who lives in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, had to make alternate arrangements for his one-year-old daughter, Isla. Her grandparents will take care of her for the two days.
He said he sympathizes with daycare workers, but is upset he only found out about the strike on Monday.
The employers' association (APCPE) told CBC in a statement Tuesday that it is eager to reach a deal and have added additional negotiation dates between now and June.
"It's a shame for parents who will be inconvenienced," said spokesperson Chantal Bellavance about the strike action.
She added that the association was willing to accept 85 per cent of the terms agreed to at the provincial level, including all the financial clauses.
"We were okay with the salaries, the retirement, the insurance and the benefits (vacation days, sick days, etc.)."
She said they are hoping to come to a conclusion amenable to both parties as soon as possible.
With files from Radio-Canada