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Qub0065c, Thursday, January 30, 2003 During a general meeting to be held on Saturday afternoon, directors of the printers’ union at the Journal de Qub0065c will be recommending that its members approve the agreement in principle concluded in December. Two weeks ago, a complication concerning the meaning of a clause in the proposed collective agreement had halted negotiations; however, a meeting between the Journal’s management and the union established that the parties had each, in good faith, given different interpretations to the verbal agreement made on December 20. Now that this matter has been resolved, the print shop employees will make a decision on Saturday.

Bruno Laverdir0065, president of the printers’ union, affiliated with (CUPE-FTQ), announced he was “satisfied with the outcome,” and said that, “the union executive is going to recommend that the members accept the agreement in principle.”

It should be noted that three other trade unions at the Journal (news room, office and advertising representatives), also represented by CUPE, have already approved the agreement concluded on December 20. So, by Saturday, providing the print shop employees agree, all the collective agreements of the personnel of the Journal de Qub0065c will have been renewed. The four collective agreements expired in December 31, 2001 and bargaining to renew them began in May 2002.

In addition to the 250 employees of the Journal de Qub0065c, CUPE has 7,000 members in communications in Qub0065c as well as being active in several other sectors including health and social services, universities, education, urban and air transportation, provincial corporations and public organizations, hydroelectricity and the municipalities. With close to 100,000 members, CUPE is the largest FTQ affiliate which, itself, is the largest central labour body in Qub0065c with 500,000 members.

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