No final settlement possible until Qub0065c agrees to give up the take-over of activities related to income security and certain employment services currently assigned to the City of Montra006cMontra006c – The Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montra006c (SFMM, SCFP) is staying the course: there will be no final settlement of the agreement in principle concluded with the Tremblay-Zampino administration until the Government of Qub0065c has withdrawn its threat to take over activities related to income security and certain employment services currently assigned to the City of Montra006c. It should be noted that, on July 2, Union members ratified an agreement concerning the new labour contract which deals with the harmonization of collective agreements of all white collar workers on the Island of Montra006c, but signing was made conditional on a satisfactory settlement of this crucial issue.
The intentions of the Government of Qub0065c are becoming clearer every day and municipal officers in the City of Montra006cs Service du dv0065loppement social et communautaire, who have been managing income security and certain employment services for the past 80 years, have decided to act before it is too late. This evening, beginning at 6 p.m., they will come together for an extraordinary general meeting to be held behind closed doors, to decide on the terms of an effective plan of action .
This issue is vital. Not only must the quality of income security and employment services rendered to the population of Montra006c be protected, but union members must be prevented from being penalized by the impacts that a forced integration within the provincial public service would have on their working conditions.
Although this is not the Government of Qub0065cs first attempt to repatriate the activities of the City of Montreals Service du dv0065loppement social et communautaire, this time the threat is even greater. In fact, rumour has it that this take-over is simply part of a vast re-engineering plan that Claude Bc0068ard, ministre de lEmploi, de la Solidarit 0073ociale et de la Famille, is preparing to initiate, a plan that would have disastrous consequences for social assistance beneficiaries. For the SFMM (SCFP), the municipal officers’ struggle is part of a true social solidarity movement.
The Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montra006c (SCFP) represents some 10,000 municipal employees in close to 350 different jobs in the City of Montra006c as well as in para-municipal corporations such as the Socit du Parc des l0065s (SPI), Socit dhabitation et de dv0065loppement de Montra006c (SHDM), Socit de dv0065loppement de Montra006c (SDM), Montra006c Municipal Housing Bureau, Parc Six Flags (La Ronde), Cit 004eordelec Inc., Corporation Anjou 80, and Stationnement de Montra006c. CUPE represents some 70% of all municipal employees in Qub0065c. In addition to the municipalities, CUPE is active in 10 other sectors in Qub0065c, including social services, education, transportation and communications. With close to 100,000 members, it is also the largest FTQ affiliate.
CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (FTQ)
SYNDICAT DES FONCTIONNAIRES MUNICIPAUX DE MONTRAL (SCFP)