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TVA Group union members ratify the labor agreements principle

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TVA Group head office in Montreal (Archive photo)

The Canadian Press< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Unionized employees of TVA Group now have new collective agreements, four months after the announcement of the dismissal of nearly a third of its workforce.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 687 said tentative agreements reached with the broadcaster earlier this month were ratified in votes this week.

Among the members of the Montreal unit, the agreement was accepted by 95%. Among employees of the Quebec unit and the regions, it was 98%, mentioned the union on Friday.

The new collective agreements will be in effect until 2026 for Montreal and until 2027 for the other stations.

CUPE Local 687 represents unionized employees of the TVA Group in Rimouski, Saguenay, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières, in addition to those in metropolitan Montreal and the Capitale-Nationale.

The union announced that news coverage will be improved in the region thanks to the presence of six journalists and four cameramen. The Quebec station must also count on around fifteen additional permanent positions, while on the Montreal side, around twenty temporary jobs will be regularized.

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We have succeeded, in the context, in ensuring a good transition for members who lose their jobs , with severance pay of up to 18 months of salary, and to perpetuate the jobs that remain.

A quote from Steve Bargoné, the union representative at CUPE

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Steve Bargoné, union representative at the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). (File photo)

The negotiations, which began in December, focused on the new collective agreements, but also on the plan to reduce operating costs announced on November 2 by TVA and notably involving reducing its total workforce by 31%, or 547 employees.

Throughout the renewal process, priorities have centered on the importance of protecting the key working conditions of our employees and #x27;offer support to those affected by the reorganization plan announced this fall, said the interim president and CEO of TVA Group, Pierre Karl Péladeau, in a press release.

Both the company and the union have said they now want to continue to put pressure on government authorities, so that the media industry is better supported in the crisis than before. #x27;she crosses.

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