Four instructors from La Cité Collégiale’s respiratory therapy program were suspended for “insubordination” after asserting that they would be unable to squeeze the remaining year’s material into the condensed school calendar following the five-week strike.
The francophone instructors were asked to sign a document guaranteeing the students would complete the necessary competencies to finish school by the end of April. The instructors refused to sign the contract worrying about the ethical parameters of licensing possibly unprepared respiratory therapists who could be faced with life-or-death situations.
Even with adjustments to the school calendar, the 77 students would be missing three full weeks of instruction. Following the suspensions, the school brought in two respiratory therapy clinicians and a consultant as instructors.