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Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci, Saturday, December 21, 2002 The new collective agreement for the municipal employees of Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci was signed this morning, to the visible satisfaction of both parties.

“The outcome of these negotiations is a win-win contract,” said Serge Leboeuf, union staff representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). “It is important to note the contribution made by the new mayor, Mr. Kendall, and his constructive approach to the matter. He participated in a single bargaining session two weeks ago, and that was enough to reach an agreement. The municipal employees are delighted with this new attitude.”

Job security clauses, a common feature in the municipal sector, were a major issue in these negotiations, and the municipal employees succeeded in obtaining them. CUPE says that the mayor of Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci was open-minded on the matter and quickly grasped the importance of job security for his employees. “The outside and inside workers are professional employees who provide the population of Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci with quality services. They deserve reassurance about their future. Mr. Kendall understood this and had the courage to recognize it in practice,” concluded Serge Leboeuf.

CUPE represents about 70% of all municipal employees in Qub0065c. In addition to the municipal sector, CUPE is present in 10 other sectors of work in Qub0065c, including health care and social services, education, urban and air transportation, hydroelectricity, communications and Qub0065c government corporations and public agencies. With a total of almost 100,000 members in Qub0065c, it is the largest union affiliated with the FTQ.

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