Longueuil, Monday, June 11, 2001 “We are very confident that we will win the vote in Longueuil on Wednesday”, declared Claude Ht0075, Assistant Director of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Qub0065c, in charge of municipal affairs, as he described his troops attitude to the upcoming union vote, the first to be held following the municipal reorganization.
The vote on Wednesday involves some 700 outside workers for the new City of Longueuil. The battle will be waged between CUPE (QFL) and the CSD. The CSD has some 600 members in the municipal sector in Qub0065c, while CUPE accounts for around 25,000. Following the vote on Wednesday, all the outside workers of the new municipal body will be grouped under the banner of a single union. CUPE already represents 600 workers in the territory of the new City, in seven of the eight cities forming the new Longueuil. Until now, the CSD has represented some 100 outside workers in Saint-Hubert.
Serge Pilote, CUPE representative, expects that a significant number of the outside workers in Saint-Hubert, until now represented by the CSD, will cast their vote for CUPE’s Local 307. “Our reckoning indicate that approximately 30% [of them] will vote for CUPE on Wednesday. This is in keeping with a trend we have observed for some time now. Eighteen months ago, the outside workers in Laval left the CSD for CUPE and, we expect that, very soon, the workers in St-Leonard will follow suit”, he noted.
CUPE represents around 70% of all municipal employees in Quebec. With close to 100,000 members in 11 sectors of activity, CUPE is also the largest QFL affiliate.
SOURCE: CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (QFL)
Serge Pilote - Tel.: (514) 919-8385
Robert Bellerose - Tel.: (514) 384-9681, ext. 239