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Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Monday, August 5, 2002 – After only 5 days of strike, an agreement in principle has been concluded between the blue and white collar workers of Saint-Basile-le-Grand and the city’s administration. This agreement ends the labour dispute that had begun on July 30.

Some 40 white and blue collar workers in St-Basile-le-Grand, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), will be back at work by tomorrow morning, August 6.

The Union expressed its satisfaction with the gains made during this negotiation. “We obtained what we wanted for our members, particularly in regard to salaries,” declared Serge Pilote, representative for the municipal employees. Regular, casual and temporary employees obtained salary increases of 6% for 2002 and 2003. For the same period, the Union negotiated average increases of 25% for students who work for the City. In addition, premiums for all unionized employees’ have been revised upward.

To settle matters pertaining to the organization of work, the parties have agreed to call on the services of a mediator-arbitrator, who is to find a solution before August 31, 2002.

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