Two months of strike at SQDC: negotiations stalled – Journal Le Guide de Cowansville

Leah Levesque, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — After a two-month strike, negotiations between the Quebec Cannabis Society and CUPE are still deadlocked.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), part of the FTQ, represents workers in 27 branches, 22 of which have been hit by an indefinite strike since May 20.

Union members have again met in a general assembly over the past few days, but the union says talks with a state-owned company have stalled.

Salary is the main point of contention.

Members of the SQDC are lagging behind their counterparts at the Société des alcools, who have similar tasks for a state-owned company.

However, workers who are members of trade unions affiliated with the CSN have ratified the agreement in principle reached with the SQDC. It represents members in approximately fifteen branches.

The SQDC leadership has already stated that it does not want to negotiate in a public square “out of respect for the process that goes on as usual with an intermediary appointed by the Ministry of Labor.”

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