Fire at Dutaillier plant in St-Pie - Jobs not threatened

    ST-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QC, March 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Dutaillier plant in
St. Pie fell victim to fire last night, but was only partially damaged. "We
are working with the employer to restart production later this week. We have
been in touch with the Solidarity Fund, and there is no threat to the 180 jobs
being performed by members of the United Steelworkers/Syndicat des Métallos
(FTQ)" said union spokesperson Isabelle Proulx.
    The union members manufacture wooden chairs with a ball-bearing system.
    Workers at the plant signed their first collective agreement a year ago,
with the support of the United Steelworkers/Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ). It
calls for salary increases of 10% over the life of the agreement. The Métallos
also gained improvements in job classifications and in the allowance for
safety boots, as well as negotiating a signing bonus covering amounts owed
retroactively to members.
    "These union members appreciated the direct style of the Métallos, which
allowed for open discussions with the employer. It is in that same spirit that
we are working to reopen the plant after yesterday's unfortunate incident,"
added Richard Leblanc, president of union local 9515.

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Proulx, United Steelworkers/Syndicat
des Métallos (FTQ), (450) 359-4441

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