- Vido0074rons 2,200 members members of locals 2815 and 1417 have been locked out for more than 6 months now in an epic battle to protect jobs and working conditions against a determined corporation that has brought in scabs in an attempt to break the union. This struggle has drawn the attention of workers in Quebec and across country. In Quebec, tens of thousands of people have marched in solidarity.
In October, 19 Vido0074ron members walked 260 kms to build support (from Montreal to Quebec City!), and then presented a petition with 72,961 names on it to the Quebec legislature. CUPEs national strike appeal for the Vido0074ron members is bringing in support from CUPE members across the country.
Motivated by the long and bitter strike at Vido0074ron, Bloc Quebecois MP Monique Guay proposed a Private Members Bill (C-224) to amend the Canada Labour Code to prohibit the use of scabs. Despite the anti-scab legislation in Quebec, the employer in the Vido0074ron strike has been using scabs because the dispute falls under the Canada Labour Code which permits strikebreakers. Bill C-224 was fully endorsed by the Bloc Quebecois caucus and the NDP Caucus. However, due to the rules in the House of Commons it was debated on November 20th but not voted on. CUPE contacted CLC affiliates asking them to write to the federal government to support anti-scab legislation in the federal labour code.
- The 7 members of local 4224 who work for the Ville de Malartic have been locked out since April 29. Empowered by the antics of Videotron, the town brought in a scab to do their work, in direct violation of Quebecs anti-scab legislation.
- The Fearless Five from Montague the five members of Local 3373 who work for Southern Kings Group Home on Prince Edward Island have been locked out for six months now. Their employer is still refusing to come back to the table.
- In Manitoba, the 106 members of local 2719 who work for Maples Personal Care Home, a privately owned facility, walked off the job in a strike for fairness. The workers want to bring wages and benefits more in line with public workers in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.