At a general meeting last week, 87 percent of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville white-collar workers voted in favour of calling a 48-hour strike when deemed appropriate. This latest step shows an escalation of pressure tactics since the white-collar workers protested on September 20. Workers are anxious to see an end to the negotiations, having been without a labour contract for over four years.
The point of contention is the pension plan. The City wants to transfer the plan under its direct jurisdiction while the union would rather leave it in a fund with other municipalities who demerged from Longueuil (Boucherville, Brossard, Saint-Lambert, and Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville).
“We are now closer than ever to an agreement, thanks to the open-mindedness of Mayor Claude Benjamin. In fact, both sides are eager to sign a new collective agreement and we agree that we have to resolve the pension plan issue with a letter of understanding. What we need to do now is write that letter, and we must act quickly. Our members are starting to lose patience after waiting for four years,” said Daniel Duval, president of CUPE Local 306.
CUPE Local 306 represents approximately 75 white-collar workers in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec. They work in the public service sector as librarians, technicians, administrative clerks, building inspectors, recreation attendants, customer service representatives and secretaries.