Administrative employees of the Canada Council for the Arts join PSAC

    OTTAWA, March 18 /CNW Telbec/ - On Friday, March 14, 2008, the Public
Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) filed an application for certification of
the support employees of the Canada Council for the Arts.
    The Canada Council for the Arts is currently reviewing its internal
structure, which will change its working environment, but the consequences of
this are difficult to anticipate for the time being. Many workers at the
Council are concerned about the changes that could occur, especially with
respect to their job classification. By organizing, they will be able to speak
to the management of the Council with one voice and express their concerns
about the review process.
    "You may recall that the Council went ahead with massive layoffs in the
early 1990s to reduce its operating budget. Many employees with numerous years
of service lost their jobs. By organizing, workers will enjoy greater job
security," pointed out Ed Cashman, the Regional Executive Vice-President of
    "PSAC will ensure that the Canada Council for the Arts will respect the
rights of support employees. The Council will have no choice but to manage its
working environment based on the principles of justice and equality that the
union movement defends," added Ed Cashman.

    Since 1997, PSAC has been representing professionals with the Council for
the Arts, who have just renewed their collective agreement. PSAC is already
representing more than 1500 workers in the arts and culture field in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Jérôme Messier, PSAC, (613) 292-2310

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