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The second day of the conference opened with a brief speech by Denis Bolduc, president of the Journal de Québec Newsroom union, following a short video recalling the 16-month lockout at the Journal.

The Office and Newsroom staff of the Journal were locked out for 16 months in 2007 and 2008. A few hours after the lockout was announced by the employer, members of the Printers union at the Journal declared a strike in support of the other two groups.

Accompanied by Ginette Laberge, president of the Office Workers union and Luc Duchesneau, president of the Printers union, Denis Bolduc defined CUPE as “a union of solidarity and support”. Bolduc, spokesperson for the unions during the 2007 and 2008 dispute, said, “Whether your union is big or small, CUPE is there for you, offering support.”

In thanking all of CUPE for the support they extended throughout the dispute, Denis Bolduc quoted author Hans Christian Andersen: “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” He could not have put it better.