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Montreal, Wednesday, March 20, 2002 – If there’s no breakthrough between now and the weekend, a strike will begin on Monday at the cole de technologie supr0069eure (TS). “That’s the warning we’ve given our employer,” said Yves Nadeau, president of the Syndicat des Employ(0065)s (CUPE-QFL), adding that, “during the day yesterday, members were forewarned that unless a major breakthrough happened, there would be a strike on Monday.”

Negotiations are taking place in the presence of a conciliator appointed by the Minister of Labour. The last session, held on March 18, didn’t make it possible for the parties to break through their impasse. Although no bargaining session has been scheduled between now and Monday, the bargaining committee let the TS administration know that it would be available, night and day if need be, to reach a satisfactory settlement as quickly as possible.

Affiliated with CUPE, the Syndicat des employ(0065)s de l’TS represents some 225 members. They belong to the university sector of CUPE, which constitutes the largest group of university employees in Quebec. It includes the vast majority of professional, technical, trades and office staff and sessional lecturers. With a total of almost 100,000 members in Quebec, CUPE is also the largest union affiliated with the QFL.