The statements made by Quebec City Mayor, Régis Labeaume, leave no doubt. Indeed, he wants to campaign on the back of unionized city employees.
Surprisingly, Mayor Labeaume’s statements denounce the working conditions and the collective agreement of manual workers he negotiated and which he personally signed with the blue collar workers on May 28, 2009.
Today, Régis Labeaume denounces what he himself signed.
We recall that last Monday, blue collar workers had warned the public that the Mayor’s decision to break off negotiations was nothing other than “petty electoral politics”. Today’s events confirm it.
Quebecblue collar workers union will not make any comments today other than those in this release.
There are around 1,130 blue collars in Quebec. Their collective agreement expired on December 31, 2010.
Negotiations between Quebec City and its blue collar workers began in February 2011. Since then, labour and management have held 40 negotiating sessions, including 31 with a mediator appointed by the Ministry of Labour present. Further meetings are planned over the coming weeks. From May 24, 2012 to December 21, 2012, blue collar workers launched a blockade of overtime work. It had been 25 years since they last exercised their right to strike.
With more than 111,000 members in Quebec, CUPE represents approximately 70% of all
30,500 Quebec municipal employees. CUPE also represents workers in the following areas: social affairs, communications, education, energy, government and public agencies, air and urban transport, joint sector and universities.
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