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On behalf of the white-collar workers of Montreal and Town of Mont-Royal (TMR), Monique Côté, president of the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (SFMM, CUPE-FTQ), expresses her profound sadness over the death of Vera Danyluk and extends her deepest condolences to the family and friends of this remarkable woman.

Whether as head of the former MUC [Montreal Urban Community] or as mayor of TMR, Ms. Danyluk always—throughout all these years and despite the many complex challenges she faced—managed to maintain an excellent relationship with our union. She was a woman of integrity and principle. She was always a great listener with her employees and always had their respect. Without a doubt, Vera Danyluk was a true, hands-on leader who never lost her positive vision. She made Montreal a better place and she will be missed dearly,” stated Côté.

The Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (SFMM, CUPE-FTQ) is the largest municipal sector union in Quebec. The SFMM represents more than 10,000 municipal and para-municipal white‑collar workers with the City of Montreal, the 14 reconstituted municipalities in the Montreal area, and para-municipal corporations including the Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau, the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montreal (SHDM), Corporation Anjou 80, Stationnement de Montréal, the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal (OMHM), and Parc Six Flags Montréal SEC (La Ronde).

CUPE represents approximately 70 per cent of all municipal workers in Quebec. With close to 105,000 members across the province, CUPE is active in several other sectors, including health and social services, education, universities, public transportation, airlines, communications, Quebec crown corporations and public agencies. CUPE is also the largest FTQ affiliate.