QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 3,000 members of the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) demonstrated this afternoon
to send a message of support to Quebec City blue collar workers who
have been working without a contract for nearly three years.
"The attacks on Quebec City blue collar workers are an attack on each
and every CUPE member across the province and across Canada," said Paul
Moist, national president of CUPE. "Our message to Mayor Labeaume is
the same one to every mayor, councillor and premier across Canada and
to the Prime Minister - respect workers, and respect our right to
"We are demonstrating at the National Assembly, and not at City Hall,
because instead of sitting down at the negotiating table, this employer
asks the government to solve their problems," said Charles Fleury, national secretary-treasurer of CUPE. "Until now,
the government has refused, and rightly so."
CUPE-Québec President Lucie Levasseur denounced "the particularly
vicious attacks by Mayor Labeaume, who decided to break off
negotiations and run his electoral campaign on the backs of the city
After thanking the crowd, the Acting President of the Quebec City
blue-collar union, Daniel Simard, said: "The blue collar workers are currently victims of an intense smear
campaign by the mayor of Quebec." He decried the resulting toxic work
environment for all the workers he represents.
The majority of demonstrators this afternoon are delegates to the CUPE
National Convention, currently taking place in Quebec City. Over the
last few days, they have witnessed the Mayor's arrogance and
intransigence towards the City's employees.
There are 1,100 blue collar workers in Quebec City. Their collective
agreement expired on Dec. 31, 2010.
Negotiations between Quebec City and its blue collar workers began in
February 2011. Since then, labour and management have held 40
bargaining meetings, including 31 in the presence of a mediator
appointed by the Ministry of Labour. From May 24 to Dec. 21, 2012, the
blue collar workers took job action and refused to work overtime.
Previously, they had not exercised the right to strike for more than 25
CUPE is the largest union in Canada. It has over 627,000 members across
Canada, including more than 111,000 in Quebec. This year, CUPE is
celebrating its 50th anniversary. Its national convention is being held at the Quebec City
Convention Centre from Oct. 21 to 25, 2013.
SOURCE: Canadian Union of Public Employees (FTQ)
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