Montreal, Quebec-"On November 30, the 4,000 members of the men’s clothing industry affiliated with the UNITE HERE Quebec Council ratified a new master collective agreement that will govern various industry employers.
The agreement provides important improvements to workers’ wages, insurance and pension benefits, and provides restrictions on the use of temporary workers. "Given the economic context, the negotiation of this collective agreement was very difficult, but extremely important for our members," said Lina Aristeo, director of the UNITE HERE Quebec Council. This is the first time in over a decade that this contract was ratified without a strike. Instead, members fought in their shops with a -�negotiation survival kit-� which included whistles, bandannas, buttons and instruction sheets for daily actions.