Federation autonome du collegial

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The Federation autonome du collegial (FAC) is a teachers union in the Canadian province of Quebec, representing teachers at a number of the province's CEGEPs.



The FAC represented three thousand teachers at fourteen CEGEPs during a bargaining process with the provincial government in 1989–90.[1] After protracted negotiations, the FAC accepted a separate contract from that of two other provincial unions representing CEGEP teachers, the Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec and the Central de l'Enseignement du Quebec.[2]

During the late 1990s, the FAC had grown to represent teachers at seventeen Quebec CEGEPs.[3] A representative of the union wrote a piece against proposed CEGEP mergers in 1997, arguing that it would result in fewer programs and reduced access to education for students.[4]

Twentieth century

In 2006, the FAC joined with other Quebec unions to create a brochure for students called, "Let's Talk Politics," drawing attention to education issues.[5]

In April 2009, the FAC expressed its support for Syndicat des professeurs et professeures de l'Université members who were involved in labour action at the Université du Québec à Montréal.[6]


  1. ^ "CEGEP union seeks 1,200 new teaching posts," Montreal Gazette, 21 April 1989, A5.
  2. ^ Jeff Heinrich, "Holdout teachers' union tentatively accepts contract," Montreal Gazette, 12 May 1990, A5.
  3. ^ "Second teachers union reaches deal with Quebec government: But province's CEGEP instructors still holding out," Montreal Gazette, 30 October 1995, A3; Janet Bagnall, "Charest's point - in English: A roundup of the events, big and small, that made news this week," Montreal Gazette, 4 December 1999, B2.
  4. ^ Mario Laforest, "CEGEP mergers would cut access to higher education," Montreal Gazette, 22 June 1997, A9.
  5. ^ Kate Lunau, "CEGEP teachers launch political awareness campaign," Montreal Gazette, 30 October 2006, A8.
  6. ^ "La Fédération autonome du collégial (FAC) appuie les professeures et professeurs de l'UQAM en grève" (press release), 7 April 2011, accessed 23 June 2011.