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About twenty NDP MP Assistants from the Montreal area recently welcomed Lucie Levasseur, president of CUPE Quebec, to listen and exchange ideas with her about the labour movement strategic priorities.

“The assistants I met are not working in Ottawa; they work in various ridings, close to the constituents. In general, they wanted to better understand CUPE’s role so we could work together on shared priorities,” stated Levasseur.

She talked about many issues such as pension plans, the fight against privatization and public-private partnerships, the Canada-EU Agreement (CETA), EI reform and the numerous anti-union bills proposed by the Harper government in Ottawa (C-377, C-525, C-38).

“This meeting allowed us to demonstrate the real impact that these bills will have on our members and the communities where they live.”

Levasseur also explained CUPE’s role in the province of Quebec and how the union is organizing and mobilizing to defend workers’ rights.

“This is the first time a political party has made such a request. It certainly was a productive exchange for all,” concluded Levasseur.