BOUCHERVILLE, QC – On October 6, white-collar workers in Boucherville reached an agreement in principal with their employer, renewing their tentative agreement until December 31, 2015. The CUPE members have been without a labour contract since December 31, 2006. The agreement, considered extremely satisfactory by the negotiating committee, will be discussed and put to a vote by members at a general meeting in the coming weeks.
“Earlier this year, our union renewed the collective agreements for white-collar workers in Longueuil and Saint-Lambert. In early September, we worked out a tentative agreement for workers in Brossard, who will vote on it at a general meeting on October 13. This week, it was Boucherville’s turn to reach an agreement. Now all that remains is to do the same for the white-collar workers in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville,” said Daniel Duval, president of CUPE 306.
In the case of Boucherville, the employer wanted the pension plan under its direct supervision, while the union preferred to keep it within the group of the demerged cities of Longueuil (Boucherville, Brossard, Saint-Lambert and Saint-Bruno-de Montarville). To break the impasse, a letter of understanding on the subject will be signed to continue the discussion.
“None of the cities that entered into an agreement with us this year have demanded a transfer of the pension plan. The letter of agreement we’ll be signing with Boucherville is, in our opinion, a model for successful negotiations in Saint-Bruno,” said Duval.
The approximately 75 white-collar employees in Boucherville serve the citizens as librarians, loan officers, administrative clerks, building inspectors, recreation attendants, customer service employees, secretaries and technicians. They are represented by CUPE Local 306, which also represents the white-collar workers of Brossard, Longueuil, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and St. Lambert.
CUPE represents about 70 per cent of all municipal employees in Quebec. In addition to the municipal sector, CUPE is present in ten other sectors in Quebec, including health and social services, education, urban and air transport, energy, Quebec government corporations and public agencies, as well as communications. With a total of nearly 105,000 members in Quebec, it is the largest affiliate of the FTQ.
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