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MONTREAL — The pan-Canadian management of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has confirmed Michel Poirier’s appointment as Quebec Director. He succeeds Lucie Richard, who died of cancer last October. This appointment also means that Michel Poirier becomes Vice-President of the Union of the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), and a member of the board of the FTQ’s compensation fund.

Michel Poirier has occupied the position of Quebec Regional Director on an interim basis since fall 2006.

It should be pointed out that this appointment pertains to CUPE’s administrative structure in Quebec and in no way affects its Quebec political structure, presided over since 2002 by Mario Gervais.

His career
Employed by the City of Montreal from 1975 to 1982, Michel Poirier sat on several trade-union committees. During this period, he earned a law degree.

He then became a CUPE union representative at Saguenay office, where he worked university, municipal, communications, urban transport and hydroelectric sectors. He was involved in the foundation of a support group for Aids sufferers and their families (MIENS).

In 1990, he was transferred to CUPE’s Montreal office. From 1990 to 2003, he worked successively as a union representative in the municipal and university sectors, and also worked in the hydroelectric sector.

In 1994, he received the Gérard Dion award from the Corporation professionnelle des conseillers en relations industrielles for his contribution to the revision of the conciliation service of the Commission des lésions professionnelles (CLP).

From 2003 to 2006, he was responsible for CUPE’s Health and Safety.

In March 2006, he became assistant director of CUPE in Quebec.

CUPE represents some 100,00 workers in Quebec, in a number of sectors, including health and social services, education, universities, municipalities, urban and air transport, communications, and Quebec government corporations and public agencies. It is also the largest union affiliated with the FTQ.

This press release and additional information can be found at www.scfp.qc.ca

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