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Montra006c, Wednesday, October 2, 2002 - After 13 weeks on strike, the Sc0075r employees’ union is going to recommend that its members accept the mediator’s report tabled on September 30. The bargaining committee’s recommendation is, nevertheless, conditional on signing of a back to work agreement. The Sc0075r employee’s union, affiliated with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), will not comment on the report’s contents until it has been submitted to the members. However, the union contends that the employees will make important gains in several areas.

“We have taken some giant steps in improving our members’ working conditions,” said Jocelyn Tremblay, president of CUPE local 3812. “Thanks to our solidarity and mobilization, we have made considerable headway toward adopting a first provincial collective agreement.”

Hoping for the rapid conclusion of a back to work agreement, a general meeting of the Sc0075r employees is planned for the weekend. During this meeting, the members will be informed of the contents of the agreement and will be able to ask questions so that they can make a well-informed decision. Union spokespersons will only be available for interviews after this meeting is held.

With close to 100,000 members in Qub0065c, CUPE is active in several sectors of activity including health and social services, education, universities, municipalities, hydroelectricity, urban and air transport, communications, government corporations and public organizations in Qub0065c. It is also the largest FTQ affiliate.

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