LAVAL, QC, July 13, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Workers are set to go on strike tomorrow morning at Manoir Sainte-Julie, one of the seniors' residences in the Résidences Soleil network owned by billionaire, Eddy Savoie.
Workers overwhelmingly rejected the three proposals submitted by the employer in April, June and July. Their main demand is a substantial wage increase that will reflect their hard work and dedication as orderlies.
The some 74 workers represented by the Teamsters Union will picket in front of the residence during their breaks and days off. The Teamsters are committed to maintaining all resident services – a first for the Union.
"Our main concern is the well-being of our seniors," explained the President of Teamsters Local Union 106, Jean Chartrand. "Over the past few weeks, many of them have come to us to show their support and express their solidarity with our cause."
The workers are asking for an hourly raise of $1.50 for a two-year labour contract, as well as a night shift bonus.
The previous collective agreement expired on September 18, 2015.
"No one can accuse the Teamsters of not respecting seniors," concluded the union leader. "Now it's up to Eddy Savoie to show that he respects workers."
Teamsters Canada represents 120,000 members in Canada in all industries. 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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