The Syndicat des pompiers et pompières du Québec (SPQ) is very proud to announce today that it is joining forces with CUPE.

“As leaders in the union movement, we owe it to our members to modernize our structures so we can adjust to the struggles and issues that lie down the road. SPQ’s expertise combined with CUPE’s resources will certainly help us to improve our members’ working conditions,” explained Daniel Pépin, president of the SPQ.

This process is based on the natural synergy between the organizations. 68% of SPQ members work for cities and towns where CUPE already represents municipal employees. In addition, the unions have waged many joint battles in the past decade.

“We are confident and enthusiastic that the membership will give us the green light for this project. CUPE is thrilled about the avenues that this new alliance will open up,” added Marc Ranger, Director of CUPE Quebec.

This is the second major union to join CUPE in recent months. The FTPQ (Fraternité des travailleurs et travailleuses du préhospitalier du Québec) also joined CUPE in January 2021.

The SPQ, the largest firefighters’ union in Quebec, represents 3800 firefighters in more than 120 cities, towns and municipalities.