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Resolution in Solidarity with Quebec Public Sector Workers

WHEREAS, half a million Quebec public sector workers organized in the Front Commune, the teachers union, Fédération autonome de l’enseignement (FAE), and the nurses union, Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) face enormous attacks by the Liberal Party Government of Philippe Couillard on their wages, working conditions, and essential services they provide; and

WHEREAS, Couillard wants to impose wage freezes on each union in the first two years of a five-year contract, followed by a one percent increase in the final three, and raise the retirement age to sixty-two and slash pensions; and

WHEREAS, Couillard wants to enlarge class sizes; count children with special needs as one child, instead of three, as has been the norm; and increase the workweek from thirty-two to forty hours; and

WHEREAS, Couillard wants to raise the number of patients for each nurse, increase forced overtime, and prevent larger bonuses for working night shifts; and

WHEREAS, the Front Commune, FAE, and FIQ have all issued calls for strikes and actions in October and November, escalating to a potential general strike in December; and

WHEREAS, the student union, Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ), has called for a student strike and mass demonstration on November 5th; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that Chicago Teachers Union extends our solidarity to the Common Front, FAE, FIQ, and ASSÉ in their struggle to stop the Couillard government’s program of austerity and defend public services, education, and healthcare in Quebec.

ADOPTED by unanimous vote of the House of Delegates November 4, 2015