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MontrealThousands of municipal workers, outside workers, inside workers, firefighters, librarians, and recreation workers, etc., all members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE-QFL) will converge this morning in 4 Quebec regions, Montreal, Quebec, Baie Comeau and Jonquiere. In all 4 of these cities there will be a simultaneous and interactive gathering of workers. The meetings will be linked by satellite and fiber optic cable.

CUPE Quebec represents 25,000 municipal workers in Quebec (70% of all municipal workers). CUPE Quebec is beginning phase 2 of its mobilization campaign calling on the Bouchard government to withdraw Bills 124, 134 and 137. These Bills have been tabled under the pretext of municipal re-organization - but in reality the proposed Bills will suspend the right to free collective bargaining, deny the workers their right to representation, and eliminate the right to negotiate and/or strike.

The following people will intervene during this live broadcast:

  • Henri Masse - President of the Quebec Federation of Labour (QFL)

  • Judy Darcy - National President of CUPE

  • Claude Genereux - President of CUPE Quebec

  • Pierre Dupuis - Regional Director of CUPE Quebec

  • Jean Lachance - President of the outside workers of Quebec

  • Claude Hetu - Assistant Director of CUPE for municipal affairs

  • Jean Lapierre - President of the outside workers of Montreal

  • Daniel Papillon-Demers - President of the inside workers of Montreal

Mr. Gaston LHeureux will chair the interactive meeting.

The live and interactive meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at noon. The meetings will take place in the following locations:

  • Montreal Olympic Stadium

  • Quebec Congress Centre

  • Baie-Comeau Hotel Haute Rive

  • Jonquiere Theatre Palace Arvida

To join the live broadcast:
TOC of Montreal: SSO 4268-50418
Satellite hook up: Galaxy 11K T14

real video on the internet

For more information please contact:
Louis Cauchy, cell phone (514) 235-3996 - CUPE

Ron Verzuh, cell phone (613) 298-1739 CUPE

Technical information:
Laurent Tribout, cell phone (514) 943-1321 (Force Multimedia)

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