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Montreal, Wednesday, December 6, 2000 Dozens of casual workers for the City of Montreal have been demonstrating since 4 p.m. this afternoon in front of the Minister, Louise Harel’s, Riding Office at 3821 Ontario Street East (corner of Bourbonnir0065), to impress on her that any change to the minimum employment level, provided in Bill 170, will compromise access to quality positions for women, youth and casual workers.

“Inspite of all the posturing in regard to minimum employment levels in the municipalities these days, it is important to realize that this provision in our collective agreements has enabled hundreds of women, casual workers and youth to find jobs which would otherwise have been sub-contracted. It is a well-established and documented fact that sub-contractors do not hire women for non-traditional trades and offer minimum working conditions for youth,” declared Marie-Claude Maynard, President of the City of Montreals casual outside workers union.

“In the City of Montreal alone, the employment floor covered by our Affirmative Action Program, created simultaneously in 1987 according to a 50/50 hiring regulation, enabled the number of non-traditional jobs held by women to rise from 150 to over 1,000 today,” concluded Mrs. Maynard in a letter submitted to Minister Louise Harel.



Marie-Claude Maynard, Page (514) 997-8526
Louis Cauchy, Cell phone (514) 235-3996