Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (Quebec)

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Full name Congress of Democratic Trade Unions
Native name Centrale des syndicats démocratiques
Founded 1972
Members 73200[1]
Key people François Vaudreuil, president
Office location Montreal, Quebec
Country Canada

The Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (French: Centrale des syndicats démocratiques or CSD) is a national trade union centre in Quebec formed on 8 June 1972 in response to a split within the Confederation of National Trade Unions Confédération des syndicats nationaux, CSN). It is the smallest of the four labour centres in Quebec, with about 4% (62,770 members) of the union membership in the province.[1]

The split was led by dissident members of the CSN executive Paul-Émilen Dalpé, Jacques Dion and Amédée Daigle, referred to as the "Three Ds", who said they wanted a more democratic union body and one which would be politically neutral, as distinct from the political militancy of the CSN.[2][3] Paul-Émile Dalpé was the first president of the CSD, Dion was treasurer and Daigle was director of services. Jean-Paul Hétu was vice-president and Réal Labelle was secretary.[3][4]

Dalpé was succeeded as president by Jean-Paul Hétu[5][6] who held office until 1989, when Claude Gingras became president.


  1. ^ a b "Union Membership in Canada — 2007". Government of Canada, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, National Headquarters, Labour Program, Workplace Information Directorate (WID). 2008-06-11. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ Bull, Rob (June 8, 1972). "All Ds Battle Politics". The Ottawa Citizen. p. 41. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Le dernier des trois " D " s’est éteint" (PDF). Le Fureteur CSD (in French). Centrale des syndicats démocratiques. June 2001. pp. 4–5. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 6, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Breakaway Union Sticks With Leaders". The Gazette. Montreal. June 11, 1973. p. 2. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Labor groups vow to team up against bill". The Gazette. Montreal. January 25, 1985. p. A-4. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Textile union calls for probe into mill closings". The Gazette. Montreal. August 29, 1985. p. A-6. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  • CSN, CSQ; Histoire du mouvement ouvrier au Québec, 150 ans de lutte, Montréal, 1984. ISBN 2-89061-006-3
  • ROUILLARD, Jacques; Le syndicalisme québécois, deux siècles d'histoire, Montréal: Boréal, 2004. ISBN 2-7646-0307-X

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