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On July 22, the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (SFMM/CUPE-FTQ) reached an agreement with the Montreal Municipal Housing Bureau for renewal of the collective agreement of its approximately 225 white-collar workers, despite a difficult financial context. Their labour contract had expired on December 31, 2008.

The union bargaining committee is more than satisfied with the outcome because, overall, this agreement addresses members’ concerns and meets the objectives of the negotiations. In addition to the monetary clauses, discussions on recent fluctuations in insurance premiums led to a significant reduction in members’ costs since the new insurance contract came into effect on July 1, 2010. The parties also agreed on a new job evaluation plan, now under study.

Due to the summer holiday schedule, the union executive plans to present the contents of the agreement to its members in the fall and to recommend adoption at that time. The details of the agreement will be released following those consultations.

The SFMM (CUPE-FTQ) represents more than 10,000 white-collar staff working in the Montreal public and para-public service. These members work for the City of Montreal, for the 12 reconstituted municipalities in the Montreal area, and for para-municipal corporations, such as the Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau, the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM), the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal (OMHM), Corporation Anjou 80, Stationnement de Montréal, and the Montreal branch of the private company Parc Six Flags Montréal (La Ronde).

In addition to the municipal sector, CUPE is present in ten other sectors in Quebec, including health and social services, education, universities, urban and air transport, hydroelectric power, provincial government corporations and public agencies, and communications. CUPE is the largest affiliate of the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ).