Conciliation for PSAC members on Parliament Hill

    OTTAWA, Aug. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - On Wednesday, August 15, 2007,
representatives of workers in the Operational Group working at the House of
Commons will be meeting with House of Commons' representatives and a
conciliatior appointed by the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) in
an effort to reach a new collective agreement. Negotiations that started in
March 2007 broke down in June due to Employer's refusal to continue
negotiations. The union responded with a conciliation request of the PSLRB.
    Gilles Lavigne, President of PSAC Local 70390 representing House of
Commons workers, said "our members rejected the House's last proposal because
it does not address the core concerns of House of Commons' employees. In
fact," he added, "the employer to date has consistently rejected the union's
proposals that there be fair, clear, objective and transparent processes
governing basic working conditions such as the scheduling of work hours and
job security." Lavigne says that the intervention of a third party became
necessary when the House continued to refuse the same basic working standards
that are found in private and public sector workplaces across the country.
    Over the course of this past spring, PSAC members on the Hill received
the support of MPs and senators in their struggle for decent working
conditions. Many among the Parliamentary community have denounced these
conditions and called for House of Commons management to negotiate openly and
agree to fair working conditions for House employees.
    There are approximately 440 members of the Public Service Alliance of
Canada (PSAC) working at the House in four bargaining units, two of which are
currently negotiating a new collective agreement: in addition to the
Operations Group, the Reps and Texts Group, with 60 members, is also in
conciliation. However, no conciliation date has been issued yet. The Postal
Group (50 members) and the Scanners (44 members) have reached an agreement
with their employer.

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Lebel, Regional Representative, PSAC,
(819) 777-4647, (613) 293-4663

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