LAVAL, QC, May 24, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The 175,000 workers of the Alliance syndicale, a group of trade unions and central labour organizations whose members work in the construction industry, went on strike last night. This is one of the largest labour disputes in Québec in the past few years.
To show his support, François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada, participated in this morning's Alliance syndicale meeting, together with Rénald Grondin, President of FTQ-Construction and AMI-Teamsters, and other union leaders.
At the end of the meeting, François Laporte said: "Teamsters Canada stands in solidarity and supports workers' demands because they are legitimate."
"This labour dispute is all the more significant because our brothers and sisters in the construction industry are fighting for the middle class as a whole," explained Mr. Laporte. "Deteriorating working conditions in this industry could have repercussions on all workers in Québec. This is why we must remain united, committed and steadfast for as long as it takes."
The union leader also called on all Teamsters Canada local unions and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) to respect the picket lines set up across Québec.
The 10,000 members of AMI, the Association des manoeuvres interprovinciaux, recently joined the Teamsters Union.
The Teamsters represent 125,000 members in Canada in all industries, including more than 10,000 members in the construction industry. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.
SOURCE Teamsters Canada
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