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Earlier today, Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay and Michel Parent, President of the Union representing Montreal’s blue-collar workers, Local 301, held a meeting to take stock of the negotiations and relations between the parties. Both agreed that it was imperative to make every effort to change the current dynamic and restore a climate of trust and cooperation between the parties.

Discussions at the meeting focused on the issue of outsourcing, public finances and the use of internal expertise in the delivery of services to the people of Montreal, as recommended by the City’s Auditor General.

Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay expressed his satisfaction with the meeting: “We were able to discuss our respective concerns. I again told Mr. Parent that the City is willing to use more blue collar employees, and that I pledge myself to offer concrete support for this in the boroughs and in all services.”

The President of the Union of blue-collar workers (CUPE 301), Michel Parent, assured the Mayor of his determination to work towards building a genuine, long-term partnership. “The City of Montreal and the taxpayers have everything to gain from relying on quality public services at a lower cost, as offered by its blue-collar workers. We must seize this new opportunity to advance and finalize the negotiations.”

To realize this commitment by the Montreal administration, the parties have set targeted activities and a tight schedule. In return, the union has agreed to suspend its pressure tactics so that the parties can devote all their energy to finding solutions in the coming weeks.