CAW Supports Locked Out Journal de Quebec Workers

Port Elgin, Ontario

March 28, 2008


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CAW Supports Locked Out Journal de Quebec Workers

For the last 11 months CUPE members at the daily newspaper Journal de Quebec in Quebec City have been locked out by their employer, Quebecor. They are continuing their fight on the picket line and by publishing their own paper. Their representative Marc Fortier addressed the Canadian Auto Workers Council in Port Elgin March 28, 2008.
Marc Fortier
Journal de Quebec

"Major labour disputes like ours are of a vital interest to this union. I felt that some how there is a solid bond between us, the 250 workers at the Journal de Quebec and the CAW and for that you can count on the sincere gratitude of my brothers and sisters in Quebec City."
Maria France and her husband have worked for the Journal de Quebec for 30 years.

Maria France
Journal de Quebec

"We have to stand up against this giant. A giant who is powerful and has a lot of money. They have to understand that people are not robots. They are human."
Quebecor is demanding ten major concessions and Fortier said the company is trying to destroy the union.

Marc Fortier
Journal de Quebec

"It is quite obvious to us that Quebecor expects that with time we will submit to its will. We need you to help us to continue this fight. To assist us as we aim to diversify and enforce our job action. Please help us."
The locked out workers plea did not go unheard. CAW president Buzz Hargrove condemned Quebecor's action.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW President

"They are not really about the community, about building the community, about people understanding what's happening in their community, their country or the world. It really is all about the bottom line and making money. And I think it is a damn disgrace for Quebecor, who made $25 million in profit. In a small, small city like the City of Quebec, to make $25 million selling newspapers and then to lock out the workers and try to force them to take less and work longer hours. I think that is a damn disgrace."
Hargrove assured the workers the CAW would do what it could to get the Quebec government to intercede. He also asked the CAW Council to get involved.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW President

"We want our colleagues to leave here today and go back to their members and tell them they have the solidarity and support of Canada's largest private sector union, the Canadian Auto Workers. But we are also going to ask you to approve a $15,000 donation from the CAW Council and $15,000 from the national union for a donation of $30,000 to assist them in their struggle."
"All those in favour please stand. We'll give then one hell of an ovation to the workers on the picket line for over 11 months."


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