Parents are exhausted by strikes in childcare centers

Parents of children in childcare centers receive the threat of a special law that would force the return of educators to work, but are impatient to send their children back to daycare to resume their jobs.

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“I support what educators ask for. But on the other hand, it cannot be eternal, ”says Alexandra Dubé-Marcil, mother of two children, one of whom attends a childcare center in Laval.

“I’m not in favor of it [la loi spéciale]. Does it suit my business? A bit anyway, ”says Christina, a mother whose youngest goes to childcare. The nurse wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals. His testimony resonates with that of the many parents to whom The newspaper talked.

On Wednesday, union members from the Federation of Early Childhood Workers of Quebec (FIPEQ-CSQ) voted 91% in favor of an indefinite strike mandate.

On the side of the CSN, regional associations held general assemblies on Thursday to also rule on the possibility of an unlimited general strike. The results should be known on Friday morning, said a spokesperson for the central union which represents 11,000 childcare workers.

However, the Legault government does not intend to let the threats linger for long: the special law has already been mentioned on Thursday.

“I will make every effort to hear myself [avec les syndicats], but it is certainly one of the tools that are available, ”declared the President of the Conseil du trésor, Sonia LeBel.

Big puzzle

Jason Hopson and Isabelle Dupuis, accompanied by their children, Bo, 2, and Megan, 3, who cannot go to daycare because of the CPE strike.

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Jason Hopson and Isabelle Dupuis, accompanied by their children, Bo, 2, and Megan, 3, who cannot go to daycare because of the CPE strike.

In order to look after her two and three-year-old children, Isabelle Dupuis, who is self-employed, had to cancel all her appointments with clients this week.

“I’m trying to find a daycare [privée] or a nanny who would agree to take my children. It is certain that it may cost me more, but I have no choice, ”explains the resident of Cantley, in the Outaouais.

Despite the fact that she sees her patients in telemedicine, nurse practitioner Isabelle Vaillancourt must have her four-year-old daughter looked after. However, it is currently running out of alternatives.

“My mother is quite ill, she is often in the hospital. My sister has cancer, so she can’t look after my child all the time. The options are starting to run out. Every day, I say to myself: who will be able to keep my daughter? ” she worries.

Alexandra Dubé-Marcil quit her job during the last round of strike days because her supervisor did not allow her to telework with a child at home, in particular.

She has since joined the family lettering business, Créations Lacroix. “Yesterday my son came to work with me. The other people in the office understand the situation, ”she says, relieved.

With the collaboration of Patrick Bellerose, Journal de Québec, and Vincent Larin, Agence QMI

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