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’Montra006c, Wednesday, October 16, 2002 - The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) reacted favourably today to the announcement that a new bargaining team was being formed by the employer, with former Premier Lucien Bouchard acting as principal spokesperson. For the union, the solution to this difficult labour conflict can only be found at the bargaining table.

At the same time, CUPE expressed cautious optimism. The failure of Judge Gold’s mediation had left a bitter taste with the employees; the union hopes that this new process will lead to productive discussions and an agreement that will be acceptable to everyone. After more than five months of a long and costly labour dispute, neither party can afford another failure.

Until further notice, the two unions who represent all Vido0074ron’s employees will not be issuing any other comments on the return to bargaining.

Discussions will resume today in the presence of mediator, Jacques Lessard.

The 2,200 Vido0074ron employees involved in this dispute, which began on May 8, are represented by two CUPE locals: 2815 with 1,800 members in Western Qub0065c, mainly in Montra006c, and 1417 which has some 400 members in Eastern Qub0065c, mainly in Qub0065c City.

With more than 7,000 members in communications in Qub0065c, CUPE is also active in several other sectors including health and social services, universities, education, urban and air transport, government corporations and public organizations in Qub0065c, hydroelectricity and the municipalities. With close to 100,000 members, CUPE is the largest QFL affiliate.