LBPSB schools closed 3 days next week as strikes continue
Posted November 14, 2023 5:54 pm.
Several Montreal schools will be closed for at least three days next week amid ongoing public workers’ strikes in the province.
The Lester B. Pearson School Board confirmed its schools would be closed Nov. 21 to 23.
The closures affect all elementary, secondary, and adult and vocational classes as well as daycare services and all other activities scheduled in the schools during those days.
“It is important to note that these unions are in a legal strike position and these employees are exercising their right to strike. We respect the position of other syndical organizations to support their colleagues,” LBPSB said in a statement.
“At the same time, we understand that this three-day strike may result in certain inconveniences for you and your family. We regret the disruption, and we will continue to keep you informed of any developments in this area as events warrant.”
In a letter sent to parents, the school board also reminded them a separate Transco bus driver strike remains in progress.
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It’s all part of a major strike movement for public-sector employees in the province.
Members of a “common front” of four major public sector unions in Quebec – the CSN, the CSQ, the APTS and the FTQ – have also promised to strike those same three days.
The Federation interprofessionnelle de la sante du Quebec (FIQ) says its members will walk off the job Nov. 23 and 24. So will CEGEP teachers and other members of the the Syndicat de professionnelles et professionnels du gouvernement du Québec (SPGQ).
The roughly 65,000 teachers in the Fédération autonome de l’enseignement (FAE) are expected to launch an unlimited general strike on Nov. 23.