The Syndicat des cols bleus regroupés de Montréal (CUPE 301), one of the largest unions in the province, has just turned the page by electing its first executive since CUPE placed the organization under trusteeship in May 2017. The ballots were opened on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. More than 52 people ran for the 17 elected positions, ranging from representatives to the presidency. The new president is Luc Bisson.
“We salute this democratic event. The large number of persons who ran for elected office bodes well for the future. It marks the first major step toward lifting the trusteeship. All of the problems have been raised and rectified in this local since 2017,” declared Stephan Meloche, who is both the CUPE representative and the union’s trustee.
The newly-elected individuals will be confirmed and sworn in to their positions next Tuesday, September 29, 2020. This will be followed by a period of transition during which time files will be transferred, a process expected to take between one and two months.
“We look forward to the future with confidence and would like to congratulate the new CUPE 301 executive. This renewal comes at an opportune time, because the blue-collar workers are currently negotiating a new collective agreement, one year before the municipal elections. They have their work cut out for them, but this local is now in a position to rise to the challenge,” said Meloche.