Hundreds of public sector union workers filled Sherbrooke St. W. at University in downtown Montreal today, calling for free negotiations for their pension plans and opposing any imposed settlement.
Unions representing mainly municipal workers such as police officers, firefighters, blue collars and public transit workers gathered outside the office of the Quebec Union of Municipalities (QUM). The unions accuse them of fear mongering by spreading erroneous information about their pension deficit. The QUM pegs it at over five billion dollars while the unions says it's less than four billion. The unions also claim mayors don't want to negotiate.
The unions are also concerned about statements made recently by Quebec's new premier, Philippe Couillard. He said they have tough economic decisions to make and unions fear that may mean legislation to pave the way for an imposed deal.