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At a general meeting of the white-collar workers of the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal (Montreal Housing and DevelopmentCorporation), represented by the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (CUPE-FTQ), a new collective agreement was approved by a vote of 62 per cent. This sealed the agreement in principle concluded by the parties on November 29, 2011.

In addition to a guaranteed annual wage increase of two percent from January 1,  2012 to December 31, 2014, the agreement increases the car allowance, raises ​​income replacement during parental leave from 90 per cent to 100 per cent, and improves the bumping clause.

“We are pleased with the outcome of the vote,” said CUPE-FTQ President, Monique Côté. “Even more so as we managed to establish a pension plan with defined benefits (the RRFS-FTQ) that will ensure a decent retirement for our members.”  Côté acknowledged the excellent work of Mario Sabourin, vice-president in charge of the file, and José Carufel, CUPE union representative, who were treated with respect by the employer throughout the negotiations.