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Montreal blue collar workers, union president, suspended for walking off the job

Nearly 2,400 Montreal blue collar workers including union leadership will face sanctions for leaving work to attend a union meeting last week after they were ordered to remain on the job.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees summoned its members to a special general assembly to discuss upcoming negotiations with the City of Montreal on Dec. 8. The workers’ current contract expires in December 2017.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said this morning that the workers chose to take part in an illegal strike and knew there could be consequences.

“I’m sorry, but a contract is a contract,” Coderre said. “It’s simply not acceptable.”

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