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Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC – The lifeguards and monitors of swimming pools in Longueuil, Boucherville and Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville have endorsed their new collective agreements. At a general meeting this week, they agreed overwhelmingly to accept individual ten-year agreements covering the period from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2015. They obtained the harmonization of collective agreements, wage increases, the implementation of a new salary structure and improvements to normative clauses.

On Monday night, the employees of public swimming pools in Longueuil voted 89.6 per cent in favour of the agreement that was offered to them. On the following night, their colleagues in Boucherville voted unanimously in favour of their offer. Finally,on Wednesday night, their counterparts in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville also unanimously said yes.

“We are pleased with these agreements that will improve and stabilize the working conditions of the public pool employees. On the other hand, we are disappointed that we have not yet reached an agreement for the pool employees and crossing guards in Saint-Lambert. The municipality of Saint-Lambert has really been dragging their feet. But with the appointment of their new attorney, we are confident that we finally reach an agreement in the coming weeks,” noted Daniel Duval, president of CUPE Local 306.

Some 200 pool employees in Longueuil and about thirty each in Boucherville and Saint-Bruno are represented by Local 306 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (SREM-CUPE). The union also includes crossing guards and white-collar workers in Boucherville, Brossard, Longueuil, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Saint-Lambert.