Time for the Corps to come back to the table



    OTTAWA, Jan. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Corps of Commissionaires could end up
causing serious disruptions to traffic around Tunney's Pasture if they refuse
to come back to the bargaining table, according the to Public Service Alliance
of Canada, the union representing striking Commissionaires.
    "While negotiations started more than a year and a half ago, management
has not yet understood that the way to solve problems is to stay at the
bargaining table and to do the work that has to be done," said PSAC Regional
Executive Vice-President, for the National Capital Region, Ed Cashman. "The
ball is clearly in the Corps' camp; they have to make a move before the strike
creates more serious problems," he added.
    Some incidents have already occured on the picket around Tunney's
Pasture. Some motorists have tried to ram their vehicles through the strikers'
line and Ottawa police officers have had to intervene.
    "We hope the Corps will come back to the table with a rational plan that
can lead us to a fair and equitable resolution to a strike that is causing so
much distress to so many people, said PSAC Local 70113 President, Bob Legault.
"It's not about inconveniencing people working at Tunney's Pasture, it's about
getting the Corps back to the table."
    Today, the striking Commissionaires delivered their message directly to
their employer when they held a BBQ in front of the Corps of Commissionaires'
regional office in Ottawa.. The BBQ was sponsored by the PSAC and the Ottawa
and District Labour Council (ODLC).
    For ODLC President, Sean McKenny, this conflict will not be resolved
without a show of good will from the employer.
    "The Union is clearly prepared to meet with management," said McKenny.
"They are interested in renewing talks and at the end of the day we need both
parties to take a look at the issues and see if they can make progress."
    Salaries are the main issue at the bargaining table. The Commissionaires
earn an average of $12.25 an hour. The union negotiating team has rejected the
Corps' offer of wage rollbacks and a two-tier salary system. So far, the Corps
has refused to make any other offer.

    The PSAC has a dozen Locals representing Commissionaires across the
country. Many of those Locals have already expressed their support for the
Ottawa Commissionaires.




For further information:

For further information: Bob Legault, President, PSAC Local 70113, (613)
293-6592; Alain Cossette, PSAC Communications, (613) 293-9210


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