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Montra006c, Friday, April 25, 2003 – Montra006c’s outside workers (CUPE 301) were surprised by recent statements aired on Radio-Canada by Francine Senc0061l, Vice-Chairman of the City of Montra006c’s Executive Committee. She appealed to the arbitrator, to be appointed shortly, to make the Union understand the reality of the new city and its budgetary obligations. The outside workers consider this public intervention not only regrettable, but also completely uncalled under the circumstances.

“The mediator has just submitted his report; we are waiting for the new labour minister to be sworn in and the arbitrator has not yet been appointed! Mrs. Senc0061l is clumsily trying to put pressure on the future arbitrator by setting out the demands of the municipal administration in advance. This is clearly out of order! Her statement was utterly inappropriate. When the arbitrator is appointed and takes up his or her duties, he/she will be well aware of the working parameters and how to go about the job,” declared Michel Fontaine, representative.

The Union for the newly grouped outside workers of the City of Montra006c is well aware of the City’s situation and the legislative provisions regulating the first collective bargaining for the new cities. Furthermore, the Union considers that its demands are not only reasonable but are founded on a basic principle of treating employees fairly.

CUPE represents about 70% of all municipal employees in Qub0065c and is active in 10 other sectors of activity in the province including health and social services, education, urban and air transportation, hydroelectricity, provincial corporations and public organizations and communications. With close to 100,000 members in Qub0065c it is the largest FTQ affiliate.

This press release and other information are posted on the Internet at scfp.qc.ca

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