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(Trois-Rivir0065s, Thursday, December 7, 2000) “A special law will not solve anything.” This is how the President of the Lecturers’ Union (CUPE-FTQ), Robert Bellerose, reacted to the position adopted by AGEUQTR this afternoon during a majority vote held by some two hundred students. Around 2,500 attended the preceding meeting.

“We have to have confidence in the bargaining process. It is through bargaining that problems can be solved in a civilized country,” he added. The Union reported some progress at the bargaining table this morning. Discussions are expected to continue this afternoon and possibly throughout the evening.

The Lecturers’ Union notes that the Liberal government’s adoption of a special bill in 1987 during a labour dispute at UQAM solved absolutely nothing. In fact it was followed by a strike at UQTR in 1996 and another in Sherbrooke in 1998. This time, following an ISQ study performed in 1999, the problems facing the parties are well documented, a fact which should facilitate the attainment of a durable settlement for the lecturers.

Labour Court

The Labour Court set January 15 and 17 to hear the case against UQTR concerning charges of infractions laid against the University and its Rector, Claire De La Durantaye. In fact, the management of UQTR may be called on to answer charges of additional violations. The University was visited last week by a representative from the Labour Department who was investigating several cases of presumed violations of the anti-strikebreaker provisions. The investigator’s report has not yet been submitted.


Source: CUPE 2661 UQTR Lecturers’ Union

Robert Bellerose, President
UQTR Lecturers’ Union CUPE 2661
Tel.: (819) 376-5044
Andr 0043hauvette, Union Representative CUPE
Tel.: (819) 375-7855