Quebec City’s first ever free newspaper will continue after the Quebec Superior Court rejected owner Quebecor’s (SunMedia Corporation) request for an injunction to stop the locked out Journal de Quebec workers from publishing MediaMatin. This is the second court loss for Quebecor in relation to their decision to lockout the 260 unionized workers of Le Journal de Quebec.
MediaMatin is the means of pressure used by Le Journal’s locked out workers to apply pressure to Le Journal’s owners to get back to the bargaining table.
Denis Bolduc, CUPE spokesperson for the locked out workers said, “Quebecor has picked the wrong place to resolve the current labour dispute with their workers. They should forget about court and come back to the bargaining table.”
Speaking from British Columbia’s annual convention where he brought news of the Journal de Quebec dispute CUPE
national president Paul Moist
members from coast to coast are unbelievably proud of the positive way Journal de Quebec workers are dealing with SunMedia’s viscious actions. This entire union stands behind those workers.”
There has been no action at the bargaining table since April 22, 2007 when Quebecor locked out the workers. Le Journal de Quebec’s office and editorial staff were locked out on April 22. In solidarity with their brothers and sisters Journal de Quebec’s printers took a 97% strike vote. But before the lockout none of Le Journal’s employees had even taken a strike vote.
“We are all watching with pride as these CUPE
members take on a large Media owner who is promoting an extremely unfair work ethic,” said Claude Genereux
’s national secretary-treasurer”
CUPE Quebec has 7,000 members in the communications industry in Quebec. This is in additiion to another 93,000 members in municipal, hydro, education, transporation and health. Across Canada, CUPE has more than 560,000 members.