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Montreal, Tuesday, September 29, 2009―White and blue collar workers serving the 2,400 citizens of Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil have renewed their collective agreement in advance of the current contract’s expiration, capping successful negotiations by their CUPE-affiliated union.

The new labor agreement covers a five-year period—from January 2010 to December 2014—and calls for annual wage hikes of 3%, including a full cost-of-living adjustment up to a maximum of 4%. It allows for a four-and-a-half-day work week and the period between Christmas and New Year’s Day off, a net gain of a day and a half. Temporary workers will also see their conditions improve significantly. Beginning in 2010, those with assignments of six months or longer will receive the same wages as permanent employees.

Union members are extremely pleased with the agreement, which they approved unanimously in a general meeting.

CUPE represents some 70% of all municipal employees in Quebec, as well as workers in 10 other sectors including health and social services, education, public transit, air transportation, energy, Quebec government corporations and public agencies, and communications. With some 105,000 members in Quebec, CUPE is QFL’s largest affiliate.

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