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Sherbrooke, Sunday, September 17, 2002, 7:50 p.m. –The Sherbrooke bus drivers’ strike which was to have begun tomorrow (Monday) at half-past twelve, has been postponed. The decision was announced by the bus drivers’ union following a full day of bargaining in the presence of a conciliator. So, the buses will be running on Sherbrooke’s streets tomorrow (Monday).

After a full day’s bargaining session, neither party wished to comment on the discussions. But, at the request of the conciliator, Jean-Pierre Gosselin, they both agreed to continue these intense discussion sessions on Monday and Tuesday, in the hope that they are able to come to an overall settlement.

If these two days of bargaining do not lead to an agreement, it is expected that the union will issue another strike notice; however, since the law requires seven working days’ advance notice, a new walkout by bus drivers would not take place until the end of November, if the parties cannot arrive at an agreement.

In addition to the 115 drivers for the STS represented by Local 3434, CUPE represents 6,500 members in urban transport in Qub0065c. As well as this sector, CUPE is also active in 10 other sectors including universities, communications, education, municipalities, air transport and health and social services. With close to 100,000 members in Qub0065c, it is the largest FTQ affiliate.

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