Negotiations on behalf of 14,000 security guards - Pressure tactics start this Tuesday

    MONTREAL, March 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Of the 14,000 security guards, 65.5%
have voted to reject management's most recent offers. "The Association
provinciale des agences de sécurité (APAS) has missed the boat. Starting this
Tuesday, we will be applying pressure tactics. The message is clear: the
employers' association has to go back and do its homework, and come back to us
with a serious offer," declared Robert Bernier, USW/Syndicat des Métallos
(FTQ) coordinator in the Montreal area and spokesperson for the union's
negotiating committee.
    Yesterday, the USW/Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ) and Amalgamated Local 8922
ran the last of 28 meetings held in all regions of Quebec. "The outcome of
this vote is higher than the one that led to the historic rejection of the
initial offers on February 12 of this year. To repeat our stance, since
September 11, 2001, the work done by security guards has changed considerably:
new work processes, new technology, new training programs, new
responsibilities. Given the significant lack of understanding on the part of
management, it's time for action," continued Michel Courcy, union staffer.
    To recap, the issues at stake in this negotiation relate to salaries as
well as to evening, night and weekend shift premiums, as well as an expansion
of the applicability of the other existing premiums. "We already explained to
management that the package had to include an offer relating to shift
premiums. There was nothing about this in the last offer. Our members, for
example, are asking that the premiums paid to security guards assigned to a
hospital's psychiatric wing be approved for other guards working elsewhere in
the hospital. As a result of deinstitutionalization, our members are
performing duties in emergency wards that would normally be a psychiatric-wing
responsibility. The reality of the job has changed. Why are employers refusing
to acknowledge this? Especially since the industry is experiencing tremendous
expansion," concluded Michel Courcy.
    Management's most recent offer had been presented at a conciliation
meeting, held on February 29, 2008. The average hourly rate earned by security
guards is $13.64.

For further information:

For further information: Robert Bernier, USW/Syndicat des Métallos
(FTQ), (514) 599-2001; Michel Courcy, USW/Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ), (514)

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