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Montreal, Thursday, December 1, 2005

– An agreement in principle was signed today between the Essential Services Council and its employees, who are affiliated with CUPE. Their collective agreement expired in December 2003.

We made important gains for our members. The bargaining was long, but fruitful. Despite the threat of an order in Council, we always thought that it would be possible to renew the collective agreement through bargaining”, said France Légaré, the president of the union.

Out of respect for the members, the contents of the agreement will not be made public until the General Meeting, which will be held next week. This agreement provides settlement of the normative clauses of the contract. As for the monetary aspects, the employees will have a clause tying them to the public sector.


CUPE represents about 70% of all municipal employees in Quebec. In addition to the municipal sector, CUPE is present in 10 other sectors of activity in Quebec, among them health and social services, education, urban transit, air transport, hydroelectricity, Quebec state enterprises and public agencies, and communications. With almost 100,000 members in Quebec, it is the largest trade union affiliate in the QFL.

This release and other information can be found on our web site: www.scfp.qc.ca