175,000 Construction Workers in Québec Launch General Strike

Gathering of the Trade Union Alliance (Alliance syndicale) this morning in Montréal.

 
Laval, May 24, 2017 — The 175,000 workers of the Trade Union Alliance (Alliance syndicale), a group of trade unions and labour organizations whose members work in the construction industry, launched a general strike last night. This is one of Québec’s largest labour disputes in recent years.

To show his support, François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada, participated in this morning’s gathering of the Trade Union Alliance, together with Teamsters-AMI and FTQ-Construction President Rénald Grondin, and other labour leaders.

From left to right: Teamsters Canada President François Laporte, FTQ-Construction Director General Yves Ouellet, Teamsters-AMI and FTQ-Construction President Rénald Grondin
From left to right: Teamsters Canada President François Laporte, FTQ-Construction Director General Yves Ouellet, Teamsters-AMI and FTQ-Construction President Rénald Grondin

“Teamsters Canada stands in solidarity with Québec’s construction workers and supports their legitimate demands,” said François Laporte at the end of the meeting.

“This labour dispute is all the more significant because our brothers and sisters in the construction industry are fighting for the middle class as a whole,” explained Laporte. “Deteriorating working conditions in this industry could have repercussions on all workers in Québec. This is why we must remain united, committed and steadfast for as long as it takes.”

The union leader also called on all local unions affiliated with Teamsters Canada and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) to honour the picket lines set up across the province.

The 10,000 members of Teamsters-AMI (Association des manoeuvres interprovinciaux) recently joined the Teamsters Union.

The Teamsters represent 125,000 members in Canada in all industries, including more than 10,000 members in Québec’s construction industry. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Information:

Stéphane Lacroix, Director, Public Relations
Cell: 514-609-5101
slacroix@teamsters.ca