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Bargaining at the Montra006c Casino

Montra006c, Wednesday, September 25, 2002 - With bargaining to renew their labour contract now at an impasse, croupiers at the Montra006c Casino, affiliated with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE-QFL), voted 97% in favour of giving their union a mandate to “introduce pressure tactics as far as a general strike”. It should be noted however that if a strike is to affect the Casino’s activities, it cannot be called until January 1st.

Pierre Lamothe, spokesperson and representative for the croupiers, points out that the members’ priority continues to be “to conclude a satisfactory agreement as quickly as possible.” He added that “after some ten bargaining meetings, the time has come to step up efforts at the table and we hope that the employer feels the same way.”

Bargaining, which commenced in June, will continue over the next few days. The main issues being disputed concern training, holidays, occupational illnesses and wages, including tips. The current collective agreement will expire on December 31.

Besides the 850 croupiers at the Montra006c Casino, CUPE represents as many employees at the Casino in Hull, including support and security staff and surveillance technicians. These employees are not affected by the current bargaining.

In all, CUPE represents some 4,000 members in government corporations and public organizations in Qub0065c. In addition to this sector, CUPE is also active in 10 other sectors of activity including health and social services, communications, universities, education, municipalities, hydroelectricity, and urban and air transport. With close to 100,000 members in Qub0065c, it is the largest QFL affiliate.

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