Media Advisory - Lunchtime rally to demand respect and workplace fairness for workers at the Museum of Civilization and War Museum

    GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Workers at the Museum of
Civilization and the War Museum are holding a lunchtime rally today to stand
up for workplace justice - demanding the same terms and conditions of
employment as other federal museum employees in the National Capital Region.
    "These employees are the only federal museum workers in Ottawa/Gatineau
with no job security whatsoever and no recognition of their years of service
in a number of critical areas including career advancement," says Patty
Ducharme, PSAC National Executive Vice-President. "In some cases, their
salaries are 40% lower than all of the other museum workers in the National
Capital Region."
    Unlike most unionized federal workers, the 420 workers at the two museums
have no job security whatsoever. The majority of the floor staff - guides,
program animators and hosts - work on temporary contracts. Most of them have
been working from one contract to the other for long periods of time. Out of
55 guides at the museums, only six are permanent employees.
    PSAC and the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation begin
conciliation on August 18. The workers have decided to take their message to
the public, hopeful that this will convince the museums' management to take
their concerns seriously.

    What:         Lunchtime rally to support workers at the Museum of
                  Civilization and War Museum

    When:         Monday, August 17, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.

    Where:        Corner of Laurier and Papineau, in front of the Museum of
                  Civilization, Gatineau, QC

    Spokespeople: Patty Ducharme, National Executive Vice-President, PSAC

                  Daniel Poulin, President of PSAC Local 70396, representing
                  workers at the Museum of Civilization and the War Museum

For further information:

For further information: or to schedule interviews: Joselito Calugay,
PSAC Communications, (613) 293-9324 (cell)

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