Monday, 15 October 2007

T.O. CUPE speakers

Four Journal de Quebec employees locked out by Quebecor since April will be guest speakers at the 2007 CUPE national convention in Toronto this week.

Lucie Butler, president of the clerical union, Jocelyne Martineau, president of the printing local and journalists Denis Bolduc and Daniel Paquet will address the 2,000 delegates Wednesday morning at the Metro Convention Centre.

Quebecor locked out editorial and office workers on April 22 and the Journal's pressroom employees launched a sympathy strike the same day. Management continued publishing the daily Journal and the locked out employees launched a free weekday MediaMatin tabloid.

The 150 locked out Sun Media employees say Quebecor has made little effort to resume negotiations.

"The lock-out is even more brutal when you consider that the members at the Journal were not threatening to strike, that they had never been on strike, and that not one day of work had been lost since the paper opened in 1967," Bolduc says in a Canada News Wire story.

The CUPE convention ends Friday.

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