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The canadian Union of public employees (CUPE) has decided to extend by one year the supervision of the Union of blue-collar workers of Montreal, a month after the release of the new statutes and regulations by the members of local 301.
In a message sent to members Thursday morning, CUPE says that the elections to the executive union of blue-collar workers are impossible as new statutes and regulations are not endorsed by the members. The guardianship had come to an end next may.
A local committee of five members will have the task to prepare a new draft of amendments to the statutes which will be submitted to the blue-collar workers in a general assembly. This step is completed, elections to the executive of the union may be held.
The decision to extend the guardianship had been taken unanimously by the executive committee of CUPE national in Ottawa on Thursday morning. “The extension passed today is of a theoretical duration of one year,” says the CUPE in his message transmitted to the members. “However, CUPE has the intention to perform the work in a timely manner, and the guardianship may be lifted after the election of a new executive by the members. “
The union of blue-collar workers of Montreal had been placed under guardianship in may 2017 in the wake of complaints received by the CUPE regarding ” serious operational difficulties “. CUPE had appointed a guardian, Denis Régimbald, in order to bring order in the trade union and rectify its financial situation.
Last January, the canadian union of public EMPLOYEES was submitted to the members of local 301 a proposal of new statutes and regulations. He wanted to clean up the climate to the union and put an end to concentration of powers in the hands of three officers, including the presidency. CUPE also wanted to review the election rules and introduce greater transparency in the management of the finances of the union.
The new statutes and regulations have, however, been rejected by a majority of the members at the meetings held in January and February.