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Family daycare union members consider Quebec's offers disappointing

Photo: Karoline Boucher The Canadian Press The president of FIPEQ, Valérie Grenon, during a demonstration by her members in front of the offices of Prime Minister Legault, in Quebec, on February 22

Lia Lévesque – The Canadian Press

Published yesterday at 6:54 a.m.

  • Quebec

After several months of delay, negotiations for the renewal of agreements have finally begun for thousands of family daycare providers in Quebec.

< p>But the largest grouping of these family daycare providers (RSG), FIPEQ, affiliated with the CSQ, says it is dissatisfied with the offer received from Quebec on April 11.

“If he wanted to bring down the ax in the family environment, this is his solution, he found it. There are people who will leave. How do you want to attract a new generation if we reduce working conditions ?” exclaimed Valérie Grenon, president of the Federation of Early Childhood Workers (FIPEQ) in an interview.

She affirms that Quebec is proposing setbacks on the normative level. For example, the law provides for compulsory training of six hours per year for these RSGs. Previously, Quebec paid $85 for this improvement. Now, he no longer wants to pay the amount, but this improvement remains obligatory.

Quebec also wants to abolish a committee on which national issues related to childcare services could be discussed.

Financially, this remains insufficient, maintains Ms. Grenon.

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RSGs in a family environment are not paid in the same way as workers in early childhood centers. The latter are paid by the hour, while the RSG in a family environment receive a subsidy from the Ministry of Family to cover their remuneration and the expenses inherent to the childcare service, such as groceries and toys.

Ms. Grenon reports that for a caregiver who takes care of six children, for example, Quebec offers an increase equivalent to 12.7% over five years. However, inflation has been higher.

Despite this somewhat frustrating start, the FIPEQ, which represents 8,500 family daycare service providers, wants to get back on its feet. sleeves. Another negotiation meeting is scheduled for May 6 and the government seems ready to add dates, she reports.

FIPEQ has not yet requested the conciliation for her RSG in a family environment, but she does not close the door to the idea.

There is no question of heavy pressure tactics either, “for the moment, no,” replies Ms. Grenon.

The collective agreement for its 8,500 managers is expired on March 31, 2023. FIPEQ submitted its requests in September 2023. It was only on April 11 that Quebec submitted its offers for family caregivers. They have not yet been filed for workers in daycare centers.

The FIPEQ represents more than 11,000 workers in various childcare services in Quebec.< /p>

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116