Parks Canada workers in Kingston raise importance of their role to world heritage

    KINGSTON, ON, Sept. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Workers at Parks Canada and their
supporters are calling on the delegates to the 2008 World Canals Conference to
consider respect for heritage workers as an important part of preserving and
protecting the world's natural and cultural heritage.
    "Workers built, operate and maintain historic and heritage sites such as
the Rideau Canal and locks," says the president of the Union of Canadian
Transportation Employees Component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada,
Mike Wing. "It only makes sense then that respect for heritage includes
respect for heritage workers."
    Bearing the slogan, "Respect for workers is respect for heritage," Parks
Canada workers and their supporters have gathered in Kingston to pass out
information materials and host a reception for conference delegates. They hope
to raise awareness about the important role of heritage workers and the need
to ensure that governments committed to world heritage maintain the proper
working conditions for workers to do their critical jobs.
    "The workers at Parks Canada are committed to and take great pride in
carrying out their mandate," says PSAC regional vice-president for the
Atlantic Jeannie Baldwin. "However, Parks Canada workers are finding it harder
and harder to do their important work when they are faced with job insecurity
and unfair working conditions."
    More than a year-long of contract negotiations between Parks Canada
workers and their employer stalled in May when negotiators for the employer
refused to address the union's key issues and walked away from the table.
These issues include no contracting out, the privatization of parks services,
the downsizing of the bargaining unit and issues surrounding the arming of
park wardens.
    The more than 4,000 PSAC members at Parks Canada have been without a
contract since August 2007.
    Parks workers will be holding information pickets and events on Monday,
September 15, at Four Points Sheraton Hotel, the Kingston Mills Locks and
Fort Henry.

For further information:

For further information: Jack Norris, PSAC Parks Bargaining Team member,
(613) 285-7197; Christine Collins, Union of Canadian Transportation Employees
PSAC Component Vice-President, (613) 296-5583

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