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Trois-Rivir0065s, Friday, June 6, 2003 - Earlier today during a general meeting, the members of the bus drivers union in Trois-Rivir0065s (CUPE 4115) decided to put an end to their walkout. They will be returning to work on Monday morning. Essential services will therefore be maintained today and during the weekend.

The bus drivers believe that they have managed to get their message across and do not wish to penalize the users of public transportation any longer. They have decided to give bargaining a second chance. The employer has understood that we are very serious and that our demands are reasonable. We want to arrive at an agreement, but the Socit will have to water its wine and seek compromises that are acceptable to everyone, said Local 4115 president, Luc Giroux. To improve the climate during the meetings, the union would like a third party to intervene and will ask for a conciliator to be appointed.

CUPE represents some 6,500 members in urban transportation in Qub0065c and is also active in 10 other sectors including health and social services, education, municipalities, air transportation and communications. With close to 100,000 members in Qub0065c, CUPE is the largest FTQ affiliate.

This press release and other information are posted on the Internet at scfp.qc.ca

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