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Laval, Wednesday, May 23, 2001 - Contrary to what may have been implied in an article in one of Montreals daily newspapers last Saturday, May 19, concerning an arbitration decision won by the Laval Outside Workers Union (CUPE-QFL), the union states that no political party, municipal or otherwise, has been associated with this process or any other process.

Our process to bring to light the best conditions for temporary employees, including permanent status for these employees, is a strictly union one. We do not endorse anyones attempt to make political hay out of this gain, whether it be Daniel Lefebvre from the Opposition or any other person. The process is nothing more than the fruit of the union and the union members determination, insisted Mr. Serge Lebuf, CUPE representative.

The union will comment at a later date, after having evaluated every impact, on the contents of the decision of the arbitrator, Gilles Lavoie, which may have concrete repercussions on precarious jobs, not only in Laval, but in the entire Quebec municipal sector.

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SOURCE: CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (QFL)

Information: Serge Lebuf, cell.: 514-951-8641

Louis Cauchy, tel.: 514-384-9681, ext. 270