Media Advisory - Ottawa-area MPs to demand a fair contract for museum workers

OTTAWA, Oct. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of Parliament from the Ottawa/Gatineau region will gather in front of the Canadian War Museum tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., to demand that the Museum of Civilization Corporation return to the bargaining table and grant a fair contract to the striking workers at the Museum of Civilization and War Museum.

Richard Nadeau, Bloc Québécois MP for Gatineau and Marcel Proulx, Liberal MP for Hull-Aylmer will speak in support of the museum workers. A statement of solidarity from Paul Dewar, NDP MP for Ottawa Centre will also be presented, as he will be unable to attend in person.

Talks between the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC) broke down yesterday evening, after the museum demanded that the workers withdraw their demands for protections against the contracting out of their jobs.

The workers have been on strike since September 21. They voted 92 per cent in favour of a strike at the end of August and talks first hit a standstill on September 18. The parties re-convened in the office of a Federal Mediator yesterday, but were unable to come to a settlement after the employer insisted that the workers withdraw a key demand for job security.

    WHAT:     Press conference in support of striking museum workers,
              featuring local Members of Parliament

    WHEN:     Friday, October 9, 2009, 12:30 p.m.

    WHERE:    On the picket line, in front of the Canadian War Museum
              (1 Vimy Place)


For further information: For further information: Alain Cossette, PSAC Communications, (613) 293-9210 (cell)

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