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Saguenay, Thursday, June 13, 2002 - Some 900 inside and outside workers and school crossing guards for the new City of Saguenay voted to choose their new union today. Of the three labour organizations competing for the workers’ allegiance, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, a QFL affiliate, was the victor, taking two of every three votes. The inside workers and crossing guards chose to join CUPE-QFL rather than the CSN or FISA (Federation of independent unions).

Inside workers chose CUPE-QFL to represent them by a clear cut majority, with 50.3% compared to 24.7% for the CSN and 25% for FISA, making CUPE-QFL their sole collective bargaining agent.

The 85 crossing guards chose CUPE-QFL by 67.5%. The competition was between CUPE and FISA.

Outside workers chose CSN to represent them with 44% of the votes over CUPE which received 39.1% and FISA which obtained 16.9%.

CUPE-QFL representative Serge Boivin, began by thanking “all the members who worked so hard during the campaigns as well as the QFL for its support, and in particular, Jean-Marc Crevier, QFL labour representative”. After having congratulated “the many members who voted for CUPE”, he added that “it’s the beginning of a new chapter. Together, we are going to build a strong and united union”.

CUPE-QFL represents over 70% of all municipal employees in Qub0065c. In addition to the municipal sector, CUPE is active in 10 other sectors of activity in Qub0065c, including universities, health and social services, education, urban and air transport, hydroelectricity, government corporations and public agencies in Qub0065c and communications. With close to 100,000 members in Qub0065c, it is the largest QFL affiliate.

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SOURCE: CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (QFL)