A blue collar worker rejoins two colleagues after the trio stopped to look at an alley entrance (or perhaps verify if they were being followed) after driving in circles for over an hour in Montreal's Plateau district in March 2006. Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay said April 19, 2008 the city will set up a telephone tip line so the city's 22,000 workers can report fraud or conflicts of interest. Photograph by: Marcos Townsend, The Gazette
Montreal's blue-collar workers walked off the job at midnight for a 24-hour strike.
The 5,000 workers have not had a contract since August 2007. The main issues are salaries and subcontracting.
Union president Michel Parent says they have been waiting for the city to make its latest offer since last June.
The city says it will wait until the union makes all its demands before making a counter-offer.
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Update #1: Montreal blue collars launch one-day strike -- CBC
Update #2: Blue-collar disruptions expected today -- Montreal Gazette