Security guard negotiations - Management offers accepted by a vote of 75.8%

    MONTREAL, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The 14,000 security guards represented
by the United Steelworkers (FTQ) have accepted, by a vote of 75.8%, the latest
offer from the Association provinciale des agences de sécurité (APAS)
(Provincial Association of Security Agencies). "In the presence of a
conciliator, the employers gave some ground. Having analyzed the management
offers, we believe we have obtained as much as we can under the circumstances.
We have a good work contract that will ensure stability in the industry for
the next five years," declared Robert Bernier, United Steelworkers (FTQ)
Coordinator in the Montréal area and spokesman for the union's bargaining
    The settlement calls for wage increases of 3.1% per year for five years.
By the end of the collective agreement, the hourly wage will be $15.15. The
employers also moved forward on the matter of bonuses, another important issue
in this dispute. Accordingly, the first aid premium is increased to $0.40 per
hour. If the security guard is obliged to take training on how to use a
defibrillator, an additional premium of $0.20 per hour is added. A new premium
of $0.25 per hour has been introduced for the use of cell phones. The mileage
allowance is raised to $0.45 per hour. Finally, in cases where the security
guard uses his/her vehicle as shelter if the gates are located in remote
areas, the premium will be $2.00 per hour.

    Vote by mail

    On May 26 and 27, the United Steelworkers (FTQ) held information sessions
in Montréal, Québec City and Gatineau. At the same time, a mail-out of the
proposed settlement was sent to all the members. Nearly 5,000 members returned
their ballots. "This procedure made it possible for more members to
participate in the vote. We would also point out that it was our members'
determined support for the cause that sent a message to the employers that
they had to make concessions," continued Michel Courcy, Staff Representative.
    It was on March 21, 2008 that the 14,000 security guards rejected the
latest management offers for a second time, by a vote of 65.5%. The result of
that vote was even stronger than that which produced the historic rejection of
the initial offers on February 12. After March 25, pressure tactics were
exercised in several parts of Québec. The security guards were informed of the
acceptance of the collective agreement during the day of Monday, June 9.

For further information:

For further information: Robert Bernier, United Steelworkers (FTQ),
(514) 599-2001; Michel Courcy, United Steelworkers (FTQ), (514) 599-2016

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