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Longueuil, Monday, November 11, 2002 -The union representing blue collar workers in Montra006c (CUPE-301) and the Montra006c Municipal Housing Bureau (MMHB) recently came to an agreement on the harmonization of working conditions for all MMHB maintenance workers. In fact, two agreements were signed in this regard last Thursday. For the Union, these are the first agreements to be signed following the municipal mergers. For the Bureau, these agreements will establish a new work structure, permitting the deployment of all staff throughout the Island.

15 Bureaus merge

The Act which created the new City of Montra006c also brought about the merger of the Municipal Housing Bureaus. The maintenance employees, most of whom were represented by three unions before the merger, chose to join the Union of the new group of blue collar workers in Montra006c. Once Local 301 had been recognized as the sole official representative for the maintenance employees, the Union and the Bureau commenced discussions on harmonizing working conditions. After five meetings, the parties came to an agreement on how to integrate the suburban employees into the collective agreement of the past Montra006c Bureau. They also renewed the agreement which, within the scope of the municipal mergers’ Act, would have ended on January 1, 2003.

Better working conditions

This agreement will substantially improve working conditions for the employees of the past suburbs without, however, entailing additional costs for the organization, since the union and the MMHB will join together to identify productivity gains which will fund the improvements.

A profitable partnership

These agreements are the result of a partnership which has been developing between the parties over the past few years. It has enabled the MMHB employees to obtain significant improvements in their working conditions, while the Bureau has benefited from gains in productivity.

CUPE represents some 70% of all municipal employees in Qub0065c. In addition to the municipalities, CUPE is active in 10 other sectors of activity in Qub0065c including health and social services, education, urban and air transportation, hydroelectricity, government corporations and public organizations in Qub0065c and communications. With close to 100,000 members in Qub0065c, it is the largest FTQ affiliate.

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