As summer wildfire season nears, Quebec forest fire workers vote for strike mandate

Canadian Press in The Chronicle Journal
May 10, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

MONTREAL – Workers with Quebec’s forest fire agency have voted 99 per cent in favour of a strike mandate as the summer wildfire season approaches. The Unifor union, which represents provincial fire service workers including firefighters, communications staff and mechanics, says the mandate allows members to strike “at the opportune moment.” Workers with the fire service — the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu, or SOPFEU — were kept busy last year during a record-breaking wildfire season. Unifor says that despite the participation of a mediator, negotiations have stalled over such issues as salaries, vacations and workforce mobility. Quebec law requires SOPFEU workers to maintain essential operations during a strike.

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