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Blue collars strike in Sherbrooke, QC

Workers deprived of a collective agreement for three years and want to resume negotiations.

by union members, in a letter to La Tribune

Sherbrooke, QC (January 8, 2011): Blue collar workers in the city of Sherbrooke have reasonable demands to make of their employer, but the city is trying to turn the tables on them.

Most of Sherbrooke's blue collar workers are also citizens of the city. They are understandably disheartened when they see the city spend its budget dollars on acquiring Canada's largest Christmas tree, building an over-large police station, or paying for a bridge that went several billion dollars over budget. They are disappointed when the city rejects important sources of income. But they are outraged when the city threatens to raise taxes in proportion with their demands.

  Workers would rather go another two years without a collective agreement than accept the City's unfair offer.

Sherbrooke's blue collar workers suspect that the city is poising itself to privatize income-generating public services. It has already begun by negotiating a garbage removal contract — with a company that the City is currently battling in court!

The blue collar workers of Sherbrooke have been deprived of a collective agreement for three years and would like to resume negotiations. They would rather go another two years without another collective agreement, however, than submit to the City's unfair treatment of its employees.

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Posted: January 11, 2011

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