With municipal elections coming on Nov. 6, Montreal city workers, are calling for support in their effort to win back losses suffered under the current mayor and council.
Since the forced merger of municipalities in Montreal, CUPE 301 members have taken wage cuts, lost five days of holidays and seen employer benefit contributions cut. Also, two local representatives have been fired for union-related activities.
These losses came due to an arbitration decision on Oct. 4, 2004. Neighbouring municipal locals could face similar decisions.
“The Lavoie decision diminished 30 years of hard-earned labour relations,” says a letter appealing for support from all CUPE locals for CUPE 301’s election action plan.
“We are a mobilized union that will fight for what is rightfully ours, and we intend to right the wrongs that have been committed as of late,” the letter adds.
Locals can send support to CUPE 301 president Michel Parent, 8455, avenue Papineau, Montreal, Que. H2M 2G2. Phone: 514-384-7730, or visit http://www.scfp301.qc.ca/.