The school board of Val-des-Cerfs will continue to deal with a union combative teachers.
At a general meeting on Monday members of the Teachers’ Union of Haute-Yamaska (SEHY) supported their president Eric Bedard in his feisty attitude towards their employer.
“I have received the mandate to continue to do things the same way and I do not intend to change direction,” Mr. Bédard said in an interview Tuesday.
“It means was given to act to defend themselves. The school board must understand that it has obligations, otherwise it will find us on the way. Teachers have rights. ”
There is a month, President of Val-des-Cerfs denounced strained relations with representatives of the union from 1785 members. Paul Sarrazin blamed the intransigence of his vis-à-vis, stressing that “the records are not moving” and that the arbitration sessions were expensive.
“We want collaboration, not confrontation,” said Sarrazin.
Asked about it this week, the president of the school board did not budge. “We try to find solutions, but everything is complicated, he said. We’re wasting our time and nobody is winning there. If we could convert it into positive energy … ”
Eric Bedard recognizes that communication is improved since the election of Mr. Sarrazin in 2014. But he stresses that his organization will maintain a hard line in any grievance settlements.
He explained that Val-des-Cerfs benefited for years “of the complacent benevolence of people [in SEHY] who were not working hard,” and that those days are gone.
“We can not not to enforce the rules all the time. We must stop this masquerade. We may be conciliatory, but we have a collective agreement, “he added.
Surprisingly, Mr. Bédard suspect employees of SEHY “working hand in hand with the school board.” “That’s probably why the bad decisions they have made in recent years,” he said without giving details.
Regarding the criticism of intimidation and psychological harassment issued by the Union of trade unions and collective organizations of employees in Quebec who protested outside the offices of SEHY Saturday, the president acknowledges “an internal management problem” but “made things conservatively to behave as an employer. ”
He added that he will have no trouble defending his actions before an arbitration tribunal. The elected SEHY and Val-des-Cerfs will meet on June 14 to try to improve their relations.