Unifor members eyeing sale of Quebec printing icon Marquis Imprimeur to American giant Lakeside Book

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Unifor has learned that Marquis Imprimeur in Quebec has been sold to Lakeside Book, the largest book printer in North America.

On June 1, 2023, Marquis Imprimeur met with unionized workers at the Louiseville, Que. printing plant to break the unsettling news to workers, as well as to reassure them of their job security. According to the employer, skilled labor is an important part of the transaction between Lakeside and Marquis printing companies.

Daniel St.-Pierre, National Representative for Unifor Québec said the union is approaching the sale with caution. Even if the majority of production contracts come from the United States, it's always a little worrying when an American company acquires a Quebec company, he said.

"We'll see with time what really happens, but the fact that we have a work contract until February 2028 reassures us,” said St.-Pierre. “We have an excellent working relationship, and we hope this will continue with the new buyer.”

In April 2022, the parties had mutually agreed to extend the contract due to expire in February 2023, and the union had obtained good benefits for the workers.

Unifor Local 145 represents some 125 employees working for the Marquis printing plant in Louiseville.