On this Saturday, November 14, the Union des cols brûlées de Montréal (CUPE 301) organized an emergency general assembly that will last all day. As part of this meeting, members are to give their views on a lobbying mandate, which could eventually trigger a strike.
To do this, the 5,000 blue-collar workers of Montreal are invited to vote on a proposed mandate seeking to exert pressure tactics that can go as far as an indefinite general strike.
In the past, blue collar workers have already expressed their dissatisfaction with their relationship with the City of Montreal. Things do not seem to be improving and the two parties have still not reached an agreement at the negotiating table.
With the renewal of the collective agreement fast approaching, the union felt it was important to bring its members together. The general assembly is held in a drive-in drive-in in Montreal. The choice of location was made in order to respect the health measures put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The course of the day
Saturday, between 7 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., blue collar workers can come to the drive-in. In their car, they are called to watch a video presentation lasting about 15 minutes. This summarizes the highlights of the negotiation and explains to members why SFCP 301 wants a pressure mandate, which could eventually trigger an indefinite general strike. After viewing, members must make a choice and complete their ballot.
The video will play repeatedly during the entire general assembly in order to give as many people as possible the chance to vote. Blue collar workers can stay in their car throughout the process and hand in their completed ballot when leaving.
If the results are in favor of obtaining the proposed mandate and the negotiations do not go well in the near future, a strike could be called. However, other pressure tactics could be used before resorting to it.