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Longueuil, Wednesday, June 13, 2001 - The vast majority of some 700 outside workers for the new City of Longueuil have chosen the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE-QFL) to represent them. In fact, 70% voted for CUPE, compared to only 29% for the CSD. One percent of the ballots were rejected. This was the first union allegiance vote to be held in Qub0065c within the scope of the municipal reorganization.

On hearing the results, Claude Ht0075, Assistant Director of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Qub0065c and the person responsible for municipal affairs, stated that he was very satisfied with the vote held in Longueuil. “We have frequently pointed out a fact confirmed by today’s results, that CUPE is a strong union force and major player in municipal affairs in Qub0065c”, he declared.

Mario Gauthier, President of the provisional outside workers union for the new City pointed out that his union had not “wanted the municipal reorganization, but now that it has been implemented, everyone intends to do everything in their power to ensure it functions as well as possible”.

The Union representative for this sector, Serge Pilote, spoke of the new chapter ahead: “A demographic choice has been made and, now, everyone must work together to build a strong and representative union on Montreal’s South Shore” he added as he shook hands with the employees from St-Hubert who, until now, have been represented by the CSD.

CUPE represents approximately 70% of all municipal employees in Qub0065c. With close to 100,000 members in 11 sectors of activity, CUPE is also the QFL’s largest affiliate.

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SOURCE: CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (QFL)

Information: Robert Bellerose, Tel.: (514) 247-9266