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Need information to help you at the bargaining table? Check out the third edition of “Tabletalk”, Fall 2003, CUPE Research Branch. “Are Your Wages Keeping Up With Inflation”, the front-page story, helps you to determine what your present buying power is, and how to make sure that buying power keeps pace, or exceeds, inflation. The recent Vidéotron settlement is outlined where, in a very tough bargaining climate, no layoffs were negotiated using voluntary reduction programs. The longest strike in PEI shows what can be done even if a local is small. Quarantine clauses in the wake of SARS are also a featured story. You can also find wage settlement trends and new bargaining tools.