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Montra006c, Wednesday, March 13, 2002 – Faced with the many challenges created by the municipal reorganization, Montra006c’s municipal officials have opted for continuity and reappointed Daniel Papillon Demers and Monique Ct0020to head their Union, as President and Executive Secretary, respectively. A newcomer, Guy Cormier, was unanimously elected Treasurer-Recording Secretary.

Elections were held for the six positions of Vice-President, with Lyne Desjardins and Suzie Guillemette elected by a large majority as well as Richard April, Vincent Legault, Mario Sabourin and Gat0061n Scott. This new Executive, composed of seasoned unionists from the merged cities, the past Montreal Urban Community and the past City of Montreal, will have a full agenda before them.

These union leaders, commencing an exceptional 3 -year mandate, have a serious challenge ahead. Harmonizing 28 collective agreements and labour contracts in force and negotiating the very first collective agreement for public employees of the new City of Montreal will be the major issues during their mandate.

We are proud to have been chosen to represent the members of the largest union in the municipal sector in Qub0065c. This pride goes hand in hand with the strong sense of solidarity which has been created over the years and which is a motivating force for us as we prepare to meet the challenges created by the municipal reform. We are particularly proud that this solidarity clearly shows that the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montra006c (SFMM) is an indispensable component in establishing the new City of Montreal”, stated Daniel Papillon Demers.

The SFMM (CUPE - FTQ) represents some 8,000 municipal employees who work in around 350 different jobs in both the new City of Montreal as well as in para-municipal corporations such as the Socit du Parc des les (SPI), Socit de dv0065loppement de Montra006c (SDM), Socit d’habitation de Montra006c (SHDM), Office municipal d’habitation de Montra006c (OMHM), Parc Six Flags Montra006c, Cit 004eordelec inc., Corporation Anjou 80 and Stationnement de Montra006c.

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

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The complete version of this press release can be found on the Internet at: scfp.qc.ca