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Montreal blue-collar workers will be punished, Coderre says

Hundreds of Montreal’s blue collars attended a general assembly called by the union at the Palais des congrès from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. near the start of their work shift. The day before, Quebec’s labour board sided with the city of Montreal, which declared the assembly constituted an illegal strike and ordered the union and its workers to be at work because provincial law dictates unions can’t strike while they are under a collective agreement. The blue collars’ contract ends in December 2017.

“It’s an illegal strike …  there was no one at work,” Coderre said. “It’s tolerance zero. … We will send the bill to the union.”

Employees face fines of $25 to $100 for each day of work missed, while the union can be fined between $10,000 and $50,000 a day, Radio-Canada reported.

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