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All in all, Mario Poudrier will then complete 18 years of service at the head of our association, a record far removed from any nearby foreseeable threats. He took over in 2001 succeeding Stephen Moore to become the National President of APS. Before, Mario was sitting as President of the Montreal Local since its creation in 1995. He was there at the assembly foundation of the Association when the founding members elected him to preside over the Assembly. A grand total of 24 years of union commitment is then the stature of a well-deserved salute we are sending his way upon his retirement. 

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He has thus left an imprint on a unique type of union philosophy, which characterizes APS. A Union totally controlled by its participating members, each and every one of them an employee of the CBC. APS gives the choice to every member of its bargaining unit to belong or not to its union life. APS is the only union to build its Union demand list for negotiations by using a professional, independent firm to conduct a scientific survey with each individual participating member. It is also dedicated to transparency by giving access to all of the participating members to its financial statements conducted by an independent bona fide professional accounting firm. Those are a few of many examples to characterize the unique style of the Association. However, Mario is also responsible for by his personal touch to have placed the credibility of a small union at the same level as the other major players in the industrial relations’ world of the CBC.

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Mario is leaving APS in a solid financial situation after instituting a flexible and light structure, ensuring a spending tight control on spending.  He faced a substantial challenge with a huge debt present at the start of his presidency and also major membership reductions hitting the organization in the middle part of his mandate as the result of massive job cuts undertaken by CBC Management.

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