Public-sector strikes: Common front of unions releases details, strike dates
400,000 public-sector workers set to stage 6 days of job action, beginning Oct. 26
The first day of planned rotating strikes by Quebec public-sector workers is set for Monday, Oct. 26, with 54,000 teachers and health-care workers set to walk off the job in Saguenay-Lac St-Jean, the Outaouais, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Northern Quebec and in the Laurentians.
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The common front of public-sector workers' unions announced on Oct. 9 that its 400,000 members would stage six days of rotating strikes to protest against stalled contract talks.
Those dates include a three-day province-wide strike set for Dec. 1, 2 and 3.
Now the unions have released a detailed list of which schools, universities and health-care establishments will be affected by job action.
Oct. 29: Montreal and Laval
In Montreal and Laval, the first strike day is Thursday, Oct. 29.
Barring progress at the negotiating table, strikes are also tentatively scheduled for Nov. 16 and 17, as well as Dec. 1, 2 and 3.
The job action will involve 114,000 workers at:
all school boards, including the Lester B. Pearson and the English Montreal school boards in Montreal and the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board in Laval.
all public-sector CEGEPs, including Dawson College, Vanier College and John Abbott College
all public rehabilitation centres, CHSLD seniors' residences, CLSCs and hospitals, including;
McGill University Health Centre
Jewish General Hospital
St. Mary's Hospital
MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre
Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre
Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre
Shriner's Hospital for Children
Douglas Mental Health University Institute
Palais de Congrès
Legal aid services (Commission des services juridique)
Human rights commission (Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse)
All schools and CÉGEPS will be closed on that date.
Health-care establishments will continue to offer essential services, as required by law. However, expect cafeterias to be closed and non-urgent appointments to be cancelled or rescheduled.
Oct. 28: the South Shore
In the Montérégie region, the first strike day is Wednesday, Oct. 28.
If there is no progress in contract talks, five more strike days have been scheduled for Nov. 12 and 13, as well as Dec. 1, 2 and 3.
These strikes will involve 58,000 workers at:
- all school boards, including Riverside and New Frontier school boards, except for Lester B. Pearson School Board schools, which will be closed on Oct. 29.
- all CEGEPs, including Champlain College's Saint-Lambert campus.
- all hospitals, CHSLDs, CLSCs and other health-care establishments, including Pierre-Boucher Hospital.
- The Sorel-Tracy-Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola ferry service.
- Legal aid services
All schools will be closed on that date. Health-care establishments will be offering essential services only. Expect cafeterias and some parking lots to be closed. Expect non-urgent appointments to be cancelled or rescheduled.