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The one-day strike expected tomorrow by Lévis blue-collar workers has been called-off, at least for now. CUPE Local 2334 members took their negotiating committee’s advice at last night’s general assembly and suspended the planned pressure tactic.

Following an entire week of talks, union negotiators feel enough progress has been made to justify the change of heart. After all, their aim is to keep the negotiation climate positive. Both parties hope to reach a tentative agreement by February 11.

The blue-collar workers’ agreement expired on December 31, 2007. At a general assembly in November of 2009, the unionized members voted 99 per cent in favour of giving their negotiating committee a strike mandate.