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Six hundred technical and professional employees of Québec’s liquor agency, the Société des alcools du Québec), have voted to join CUPE.

The workers were represented by an independent trade union, but have been without a contract for four and a half years.

“Joining the largest union in Canada will give these professionals the recognition and the tools they need to improve their working conditions,” said CUPE Québec regional director Michel Poirier.

The union has filed the request for certification with the Québec labour board which must verify the union’s membership evidence before granting CUPE the right to represent the SAQ workers.

CUPE already represents the SAQ’s warehouse workers as well as 4,000 other employees of public and state corporations in Québec.