Protest greets Couillard as he rolls out his government

Municipal workers protest
Angelica Montgomery/CJAD


Several thousand unionize municipal workers pour out of buses with their picket signs and noise-makers to welcome the premier on the day of his inaugural address.

The protestors are peeved with the Liberals' pledge to pass a law that will create a new framework for dealing with the deep hole in municipal pension plans.

"It's not good for us. It's not good for the average worker. Then who's next?" says Mario Poccia, a blue-collar worker with the city of Montreal.

Although the details of the bill are still not public, several ideas have already been floating around.

The legislation might force unions and their municipalities to go to arbitration if the two sides can't negotiate a solution after a year.

A new law could also force unions to share the cost of the deficit that have built up over time.

Montreal, for example, has accumulated a 2.1 Billion dollar deficit in its pension plan. Right now, the responsibility falls on the city to fill the hole.

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  1. marguerite posted on 05/21/2014 06:19 PM
    "It's not good for us and it's not good for the average worker". Give me a break, the average worker are not entitled to pensions like municipal workers are. Stop complaining and be thankful for the pension you do have.
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