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Montra006c, Wednesday, March 6, 2002 - Vido0074ron’s decision to sell its installation and repair services to Entourage Solutions technologiques Inc. was contested earlier this afternoon by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) which represents Vido0074ron’s employees. While the parties are still in the conciliation stage, they will be locking horns in the courts very soon.

CUPE’s legal advisors are firm. External lawyers we consulted agree that Vido0074ron’s decision is a flagrant violation of the four collective agreements currently in force”, said Denis Plante, representative for the Vido0074ron employees’ unions, as he explained the union’s decision to submit the case to an arbitration board. “In a press release on Monday (March 4), Vido0074ron announced that the sale would be performed “according to the law”. We’re going to take them at their word. As we say in labour relations, the first law to be respected is the law of the parties, that is the collective agreement”, he added.

Bargaining has been suspended since Thursday, February 28, and will resume on March 19 in the presence of a conciliator.

Some 2,400 Vido0074ron employees are represented by CUPE, as are the employees of TVA and the Journal de Qub0065c, which are also part of Quebecor’s holdings.

In addition to the 7,000 members in the communications sector in Qub0065c, CUPE is also active in several other areas including health and social services, universities, education, urban and air transport, government corporations and Qub0065c public agencies, hydroelectricity and the municipalities. With close to 100,000 members, CUPE is the largest FTQ affiliate.

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SOURCE: CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (FTQ)

Information: Robert Bellerose, (514) 384-9681, extension 239 or cell (514) 247-9266

The complete version of this press release can be found on the Internet at: scfp.qc.ca