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Montra006c, Thursday, January 16, 2003, at 11:25 p.m. During a general meeting today, the croupiers employed by the Casino de Montra006c (CUPE-3939) voted 79.6% in favour of accepting the agreement in principle concluded on December 30, 2002.

In the new labour contract, croupiers will keep all gratuities received from customers. Gratuities were an important issue in these negotiations and the union considers this clause to be a significant gain for its members. The new agreement also improves hours of work, guarantees more training for employees and increases the holiday pay premium to 50% of the wage.

“We made substantial progress for our members during this round of bargaining. We barely managed to avoid the strike set for December 31, 2002 and concentrated on the clauses that were most important to us. We are very satisfied with the results. Now, as in all our unions, we are going to work on ensuring the rigorous application of this new collective agreement,” declared Pierre Lamothe, CUPE union representative.

In addition to the 850 croupiers at the Casino de Montra006c, CUPE, with close to 100,000 members in Quebec, is also active in several other sectors of activity including health and social services, communications, education, universities, municipalities, hydroelectricity, urban and air transportation, and provincial government corporations and public organizations. It is also the largest FTQ affiliate.

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