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Despite cold, driving rain up to 10,000 marched through the streets of Montra006c Saturday in support of the striking Vido0074ron workers.

CUPE members and their allies from across Qub0065c paraded through the downtown, demonstrating their solidarity for the 2,200 members of CUPE 2815 and CUPE 1417 who have been on strike for five-and-a-half months, fighting cutbacks and contracting out at the media giant.

To samba music and chants of so-so-so-solidarit, the crowd helped buoy the spirits of strikers struggling to make ends meet after months on the picket line. They also sent a clear message to Vido0074ron management that the strike would continue until a fair settlement is reached.

Negotiations resumed October 16 after Quebecor, which owns Vido0074ron, replaced its bargaining team, appointing former premier Lucien Bouchard to head the team.

The key issues remain wages, hours of work and Vido0074rons move to outsource its installation and maintenance services to Entourage, putting 600 jobs in jeopardy.

Many of those who joined the march were concerned that if Vido0074ron gets away with contracting out these services, other employers will follow.

CUPE locals are encouraged to send donations to support the Vido0074ron strikers through the Qub0065c regional office. Make your cheque payable to SCFP Qub0065c, noting in the bottom left hand corner Contingency funds Vido0074ron [French Fonds de dp0061nnage Vido0074ron] and mail it to the SCFP Quebec Regional Office, 565 Crm0061zie Blvd. E., Room 7100, Montreal, QC H2M 2V9 Att: Christine Carrir0065

Messages of support can be sent to CUPE 2815 at sevl2815@videotron.ca or faxed to (514) 527-1832