Negotiated settlement in sight in Akwesasne

    AKWESASNE, NY, May 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Public Service Alliance of
Canada (PSAC) is looking forward to a positive conclusion to the conciliation
process currently under way between the Union and the Mohawk Council of
    The PSAC represents 75 elementary teachers and education assistants
employed by the Council. The teachers work at schools in Quebec and Ontario.
Negotiations between the PSAC and the Council started in August 2008 and all
the non-monetary issues have been successfully negotiated.
    "We are confident we will soon reach a fair and equitable first
collective agreement for these new PSAC members", said Gerry Halabecki, PSAC
Regional Executive Vice-President for Ontario.
    Halabecki added that the PSAC is uniquely suited to represent the
aboriginal teachers of Akwesasne as the union already represents a large
number of First Nation workers in all regions of the country.
    In 2003 the union established a national network of its First Nation,
Inuit and Métis members and was the first union in the country to have a
national conference solely for Aboriginal members. The National Aboriginal
Peoples' Network works to raise issues of concern to Aboriginal workers and
communities both in and outside the union. The Network also encourages
Aboriginal Peoples to take leadership roles in all aspects of the union and
advance their rights in the broader community.

For further information:

For further information: Gerry Halabecki, PSAC Regional Executive
Vice-President for Ontario, (416) 485-3558

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