Comment from a worker to Jean Charest at ABB - The Steelworkers support the Parti Québécois

    MONTREAL, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - A worker at ABB in Varennes took
advantage of a visit by Premier Jean Charest to express his dissatisfaction
with the Liberal government's policies. In the same breath, he stated his
intention to vote for the Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ). "We understand
the workers' frustration with the Charest government. We also recognize the
right of all workers who belong to the United Steelworkers (FTQ) to vote
according to their conscience and their personal convictions. However, we wish
to point out that this worker spoke in an individual capacity. His opinion
does not reflect that of the workers at our plant or that of our union. There
is no ADQ movement among us. Our local union was represented at the FTQ's
special convention. We are supporting the position of our central union
office," declared Luc Belleville, leader of the United Steelworkers (FTQ)
local 9486.
    "Our local union and our central union are democratic organizations in
which members are free to express their personal opinions. This is what
happened during Jean Charest's visit to ABB. We simply want to reiterate that
the United Steelworkers (FTQ) officially supports the Parti Québécois in this
electoral campaign," continued Pierre Arseneau, USW Staff Representative.

    The United Steelworkers (FTQ) represents 60,000 members in Québec. The
212 steelworkers at ABB build power transformers.

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Arseneau, United Steelworkers (FTQ),
(514) 599-2006

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