August 16, 2022

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Agropur and the union have reached an agreement in principle

Agropur and the union have reached an agreement in principle

Agropur has reached a tentative agreement with the union representing 250 workers at its Granby plant, who have been on strike for just over a month.

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Before presenting the contract in principle to employees, the two parties must first agree on the return-to-work protocol, explained Bernard Cournoyer, regional coordinator of the Central of Democratic Unions (CSD), in an interview with QMI Agency on Sunday. .

“If we end up returning to work protocol on Monday [l’assemblée générale] May happen on Wednesday,” he said.

The union and the employer believe that the agreement should satisfy the workers in principle.

“There are elements in the contract that allow us to say we can deliver to our members,” Mr Cournoyer suggested.

“When we have an agreement in principle, it is because both parties agree on what is [dedans] Respond to their requests. Then, we present it to the General Assembly, which can either reject or accept the treaty.

Recall that since June 29, 250 workers at the Agropur cheese factory in Granby have been on strike for the renewal of their collective agreements, which expire in July 2021.

Since last week, the milk producers have been putting pressure on both parties and want to resolve it as soon as possible. “It’s time to end it,” said Daniel Goebel, president of the Producers de Light du Québec, on Tuesday, lamenting that producers would have to bear the costs of the work stoppage.

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With a milk production of 800,000 liters per day, the Agropur plant in Granby must transport these liters of milk to other plants in Quebec and Ontario for processing, which means additional costs for producers, processors and shippers.