Parks Canada workers seek public support, respect for their work

    LOUISBOURG, NS, July 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Workers at Parks Canada and their
supporters are calling on visitors to the Fortress of Louisbourg to
acknowledge that respect for the work performed by heritage workers is an
important aspect of preserving and protecting Canada's natural and cultural
    "Workers operate and maintain historic buildings, monuments, canals and
locks," says Jack Norris, a member of the Public Service Alliance who is on
the Parks bargaining team. "These are the workers who protect and preserve our
national parks and natural heritage areas and who explain to the public the
significance of our history. Doesn't it make sense then that respect for our
heritage should also include respect for the work performed by these workers?"
    Bearing the slogan, "Respect for workers is respect for heritage," Parks
Canada workers and their supporters gathered in Louisbourg to distribute
information materials and raise awareness about the important role of heritage
workers. The public is being asked to remind the federal government that it
must provide the proper working conditions for these workers to do their
critical jobs.
    "The workers at Parks Canada are committed and they take great pride in
carrying out their mandate," says Norris. "However, Parks Canada workers are
finding it harder and harder to do their important work when they are faced
with continued job insecurity and unfair working conditions."
    The year-long 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 then 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
    "The employer's position and tactics at the bargaining table are stale
and have become pretty dated," says Norris. "I guess those are bits of
heritage that we kind of hope they wouldn't preserve."
    The more than 4,000 PSAC members at Parks Canada have been without a
contract since August 2007.

For further information:

For further information: Janice Grant, PSAC regional representative,

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