Major union victory for Cineplex employees!

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Major union victory for Cineplex employees!

Montreal, Thursday, November 14th 2018 – Five years after the beginning of the certification process and four years after the arbitration was awarded, employees from Cineplex Laval and Ste-Foy cinemas have finally won their battle for a decent salary.

In front of the constant opposition of the employer towards wages demands of his employees, 2 arbitrations was needed adding up about twenty days and two passages to the Superior Court of Quebec. The latter imposed a partial collective agreement in January, 2018 while salaries, bonuses, retroactivity and other elements had again been sent back in arbitration.

The arbitrator Me Bernard Lefebvre thus acceded to the demands of the union by granting salaries going up to $14.95 an hour and a wage retroactivity from May 1st, 2015. Let us note that this decision for the salaries will also apply to the other unionized Cineplex cinemas in Quebec. The union hopes that the employer will not challenge this decision again and will agree to adequately compensate its employees. Approximately 175 employee members of IATSE Local 262 are affected by this decision.

The International Alliance of theatrical, stage employee’s moving picture technicians, artists and allied crafts of the United State, its territories and Canada. (IATSE) Local 262 represents more than 700 employees.e.s in theatre, cinema and entertainment in Quebec.

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Source : AIEST\IATSE Local 262

Informations : Sylvain Bisaillon, President, IATSE local 262,

Cellulaire : (514) 814-0750

s.bisaillon@iatselocal262.com

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