Security guards' negotiations - Rotating strikes continue

    MONTREAL, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The security guards at Notre-Dame
Hospital in Montréal and those assigned to municipal parking lots in Québec
City walked off the job this morning. "We will hold two strikes per day in
various parts of Québec. Yesterday, the security guards at the youth centre in
Joliette and at the Farnham military base's firing range went on strike. We
will re-assess our strategy on Friday. The Association provinciale des agences
de sécurité (APAS) has to understand that the changes that have developed in
the industry affect not only the job itself, but also our members'
determination to obtain better working conditions. Employers need to come back
to us with an improved and serious offer," declared Robert Bernier,
USW/Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ) coordinator in the Montreal area and
spokesperson for the union's negotiating committee.
    After mailing out notices to each and every one of 14,000 security
guards, the USW/Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ) and Amalgamated Local 8922 held a
series of twenty-eight meetings across Québec to present the latest offers
from management. "Our mandate is legitimate. The vote was held by secret
ballot. It expresses the will of those who attended the meetings. The
employers have a perception of democracy that is based on variable geometry.
In the past, management offers were accepted by essentially the same number of
members, yet we never heard them complain about a so-called undemocratic vote.
The management of this industry needs to do some good, hard soul-searching,"
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. Since September 11, 2001,
the work done by security guards has changed considerably: new work processes,
new technology, new training programs, new responsibilities. The current
average hourly rate 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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