City workers force their way into Montreal City Hall

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    Courtesy for Rey Mena


      The clean up at Montreal City Hall is underway after a rowdy protest outside by unionized workers got out of hand.

      The municipal workers, including firefighters, pushed their way into city hall and council chambers tossing papers, overturning water glasses and unfurling a huge banner that read "Coderre...Voleur."

      Social media lit up with pictures of the chaos, some showing police officers watching as protestors plastered red stickers on city hall.

      Tonight's council meeting was delayed by the unruly protest but councillors have returned to work.

      Mayor Denis Coderre opened council by saying they wouldn't be intimidated by the union tactics.

      Councillors, including opposition ones, applauded the Mayor's comments.

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      1. Joe posted on 08/18/2014 08:21 PM
        Hope they got the video of who these idiots were and remind them that the days that the unions ran the show is over and to get respect you have to show respect. Then not to paint them all with one brush, deduct the cleanup of this event from the ones caught on tape from their pay and in the event they push their luck and go on a general strike, do like the they did before, one day of general strike one year of seniority, and if they insist the ones that do not show up for their shift, out the door they go, their is a lot of people that will water flowers for 25 bucks and hour.
        1. Sandra posted on 08/19/2014 03:26 PM
          @Joe Why are we not defending the rights of our police officers and our fireman.
          Mr.Coderre, is completely wrong here, he is going after the wrong people.
          The first group Mr.Coderre should be cleaning up and going after is all the all the city officials that have fraudulated our tax dollars.
          Then he can start by cleaning up all the city workers that are doing absolutely nothing .. put in some private workers to show how to multi task and how a 5 person city job can be completed by one and with a salary that answers to your job discription.
          There are many other ways Mr.Coderre can clean up many ways in which he is wasting our tax dollar .. but all he wants you to see is that the police officiers and the fireman are taking advantage of your tax dollars.
          We need our police and fire department and these men and women put their lives out on the line for us ... exactly where is Mr.Coderre and all his officials helping me .
          No where no way and no how ... he is not helping me he is taking money from me .. money that i need to sweat each and every day to make while he is sitting around deciding how to get more of it and how to hurt not only the tax payers but our heros.. shame on you Mr.Coderre.
          Funny we never get a chance to tell him face to face or confront him face to face and ask the right questons .. what kind of reporting is this when you are see and report only one side of the story !!
      2. Margurite posted on 08/18/2014 11:34 PM
        Police watching and doing nothing. One set of rules for the private sector and another set of rules for the public sector. If they forced their way in and defaced property they should have been arrested. Once arrested it should go on their file and from there are grounds for dismissal. I have no sympathy for them. I stand behind what the premiere is doing.
      3. will steel posted on 08/18/2014 11:35 PM
        This is the history of quebec, corruption with the unions. Typical bullies with big mouths.
        1. steve posted on 08/19/2014 11:14 AM
          @will steel Too right! Unfortunately boorish,arrogant ,immature behaviour is all part and parcel of Quebec culture.They like to think of it as an illustration of their passion.
      4. LMAO posted on 08/19/2014 08:07 AM
        Once again Montreal is the laughing stock of everyone. Missouri comes to Montreal.
      5. Deborah Ann posted on 08/19/2014 08:55 AM
        Arrest them this is totally unacceptable. It is ok to demonstrate but to start shooting glasses and acting like bullies and walking into city hall like that they should be arrested just like if me or you did that we would be handcuffed and jailed. Furthermore I will not pay more taxes to fund your pension when my pension is paid by myself mostly. No pity from me.
      6. Tony posted on 08/19/2014 11:45 AM
        Like the others, I agree, this is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. When we have such actions taking place in front of police officers who have the duty to act by law to stop those who raid a public place and do nothing, this is a very dangerous display of total disregard and respect for our laws that are in place. They are showing double standards here. As one mentioned, if any ordinary citizen would walk into city hall doing the same, they would be tackled, taken down and arrested.
        I was sort of coming around in support of them, seeing that they are mentioning this is a contract breach, with the new bill being considered, but from what I am seeing, they are going to far with their actions and the mentality that they are above the law and answer to no one!!
        Why are they complaining anyways, if they compare themselves to all the taxpaying citizens (who are paying for their pensions big time), they should be ashamed of themselves for even doing so!! The benefits that they are getting, hours worked, vacations, insurance coverage, pensions, etc. even big private corporations are not offering such benefits packages!!
      7. Karla Liebrandt posted on 08/24/2014 11:15 AM
        It is painfully obvious that the government has abdicated their control and authority to the unions. We are now officially a banana republic.
      8. Rob posted on 08/26/2014 06:41 AM
        Fire these childish, unionized morons. then hire some adults.
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