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Quebec City, Saturday, March 16, 2002 – Assembled together in a general meeting, the 50 employees at the Qub0065c City incinerator voted 86% in favour of their employer’s offer. This agreement puts an end to a 40-day strike.

Substantial improvements in the pension plan finally made it possible for the employees, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), to find common ground for an agreement with the employer, TIRU (Canada) Inc. Under this agreement, the employer pledges not to skip out on any contributions to the employees’ pension plan, and guarantees that actuarial surpluses can solely be used to the exclusive benefit of the participants in the plan.

The improvements we obtained represent major gains for the employees.” said Alain Lv0065sque. He added, “I’m happy with this resolution of the conflict, as no one loses out. We’ve demonstrated that an intelligent strike can have an impact.” As you may recall, in keeping with the orders given by the Essential Services Board, all employees have to stay on the job, but the employer can only use two of the four ovens normally operating at the Qub0065c City incinerator.

With close to 100,000 members in Qub0065c, CUPE is present in a number of sectors such as communications, health and social services, education, universities, municipalities, hydro-electricity, urban transport and airlines, crown corporations and Qub0065c public agencies. It is also the largest union affiliated with the QFL.