09/14/2014 12:27 EDT | Updated 11/14/2014 05:59 EST

Pension protest greets Philippe Couillard in Montreal

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard got a noisy welcome Sunday morning from protesters gathered outside the College Champlain in the Montreal suburb of St-Lambert, where he was addressing a Liberal Party symposium.

Protesters included firemen, police officers and municipal blue collar workers opposed to the Quebec government’s proposed municipal pension reform legislation, Bill 3.

“We want to remind the premier that we’re here, and we want major changes to the legislation before it’s passed,” said Marc Ranger, spokesman for the coalition of municipal employee unions that is spearheading protests against Bill 3.

Ranger said the coalition is growing and its strength will be on full display throughout the fall, including a mass march next week.

Music and food gave the protest a festive air and the number of protesters was kept to a minimum in order to ensure order at the demonstration, Ranger said.

Protesters blocked a road outside the college, but were otherwise peaceful.

Couillard has a press conference scheduled for Sunday afternoon, and Ranger said he was hoping to speak with the premier.