Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

October 28, 2009 11:00 ET

CLC Supports Striking Museum Workers

Asks union members not to visit Civilization and War Museums

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2009) - The Executive Council of the Canadian Labour Congress is asking workers who belong to its affiliated unions not to visit the Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa-Gatineau until striking workers have secured a fair collective agreement.

The CLC's Executive Council, meeting in Ottawa, passed a resolution saying in part that the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC) "has blatantly abandoned that responsibility by failing to negotiate a fair collective agreement with its workforce."

For the past five weeks, 420 members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada have been on strike at the museums to secure a collective agreement that would change the museum's employment practices: 38% of the workforce is employed on a temporary basis, and museum workers are being paid 30% less on average than other federal government museum workers doing the same or similar jobs.

The CLC is also calling upon the government of Canada to force the museum "to negotiate a collective agreement that ends the precarious work practices used by the Corporation."

Contact Information

  • CLC
    Dennis Gruending
    CLC Communications
    613-526-7431
    613-878-6040 (cell)