Laval, July 25, 2016 – The lockout at the Hôtel Le Président in Sherbrooke will end today, Wednesday, July 27.
The roughly 30 workers of Teamsters Local Union 1791 ratified the tentative agreement reached late this afternoon. Besides salary increases of 15.5% for the duration of the five-year contract, sick leave and vacations were improved. Several non-monetary clauses were also strengthened.
The lockout and closure of the restaurant left their mark on workers, which explains why they voted 60% in favour of the new collective agreement.
“I would like to congratulate the negotiating committee as well as our members for their courage and devotion during the dispute,” said Union Representative Michel Richard. “They held their ground, and I’m proud of them.”
The suspicions of the Teamsters proved to be founded: An investigation by the ministère du Travail determined that two strike breakers worked at the facility during the conflict.
As a result, the Ministry could levy fines against the Hôtel Le Président.
The Teamsters represent 120,000 members in Canada in all industries. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.
Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Public Relations