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Orford, Wednesday, December 18, 2002 With Christmas coming up soon, union members at Mont Orford (CUPE Local 1232) decided to lend a hand to the employees locked out by Vido0074ron. At their general meeting, the members voted to donate $1,000 to the Vido0074ron employees’ relief fund a very generous contribution for a local with about 75 employees, most of them seasonal.

“We thought this was a necessary gesture of solidarity,” said union president Pascal Taschereau. “These union members are waging a struggle that is important for all workers in Qub0065c, and they have been off the job for 7 months now. We hope our contribution will help improve the holiday season for some of them.”

This is of course news that is always well received by the Vido0074ron union. “It’s a pleasure to see the tangible support coming from the labour movement and the general public,” commented Yves Lalonde, president of the union for western Qub0065c. “Many locals in CUPE, the FTQ and other labour federations are providing financial support, which allows us to provide our members with the best possible conditions for continuing the struggle as long as necessary to win respect from the employer. All gestures of support are important, even small amounts, because added together they allow us to provide effective support for our members, and they are a great demonstration of solidarity.”

With close to 100,000 members in Qub0065c, CUPE is present in many sectors of work, including health care and social services, education, universities, municipalities, hydroelectricity, urban and air transportation, communications and Qub0065c government corporations and public agencies. It is the largest of the unions affiliated with the FTQ.

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