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Montra006c, Monday, February 11, 2002 – In a secret ballot held at a general meeting last weekend, members of CUPE Local 301, employees of the Centre de tri des matir0065s recyclables de Montra006c, unanimously mandated their Executive to initiate pressure tactics, at their discretion, including the right to call a general strike. The participants, representing 86% of the regular employees, also rejected the employer’s offers.

TIRU Company has a contract with the City of Montra006c to operate the recycling centre. The current dispute mainly concerns wages and hours of work. The current rate is around $10.00 an hour. The collective agreement for the 140 employees of the Centre expired on July 1, 2000.

CUPE represents approximately 70% of all municipal workers in Qub0065c. In addition to the municipal sector, CUPE is present in 10 other sectors, among them health and social services, education, municipalities, air transport, communications, hydroelectricity, government corporations and public agencies in Qub0065c. With nearly 100,000 members, CUPE is also the largest affiliate of the QFL.