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The Quebec Labour Relations Board has ruled that CUPE Local 2115 president Johanne Montagano was the victim of acts of employer retaliation due to her union activities.

An LRB commissioner also ordered the employer, Centre Miriam, to cease retaliation against Montagano and to re-establish her original assignment as an educator before she was transferred without her consent.

Montagano has been Local 2115 president since 1983. During that time, the employer had exercised many retaliatory measures, including refusal to assign her partial leave without pay, suspension for two days and transfer without consent.

The dispute over the transfer happened less than a month after Montagano won her grievance concerning her request for unpaid leave. The LRB referred to the testimony of the employers representatives: All these contradictions lead us to believe there was a conspiracy to camouflage the true reason for the transfer.