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The administration at Collège Saint-Paul de Varennes, in the Montreal suburb of Varennes locked out its 40 teachers, members of CUPE 1707, on July 18.

The high school hopes to make the teachers fold by refusing to give them their summer allowance pay.

The union has been in talks with the high school since April. In mid June, the local voted 80 per cent to reject what the employer called its final offer.

The main issues are employer proposals to increase the teachers’ workloads and to eliminate compensation for extra-curricular activities.

“If their strategy is about flexing their muscles to intimidate us, they’re profoundly mistaken,” said CUPE 1707 president Francine Jetté. “These are fundamental questions. Our quality of life and the quality of our school are at stake.”