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Montreal, Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - The Canadian Industrial Relations Board has just officially accredited the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to represent the 300 employees of SCUR Inc. in Quebec. SCUR (Desjardins) is specialized in the transport and storage of valuables and in servicing ATMs. Before this decision, SCUR employees were spread over 29 different unions.

This decision by the Board brings all the employees under one union roof, CUPE. Eventually, the thirty different retirement plans, collective agreements, letters of agreement, etc. which define the employees working conditions will become one collective agreement which will apply to all SCUR employees. The union expects to begin bargaining in the fall.

This union has a lot to do and, in the meantime, it will adopt a new structure to represent its members. This will be done over a series of eight meetings in eight different cities over the first three weeks in September.

With almost 100,000 members in Quebec, CUPE is the largest union affiliate of the QFL.



Robert Bellerose, 514-384-9681, ext. 239 (cell: 514-247-9266)