Tentative agreement at the National Gallery of Canada

    OTTAWA, April 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Public Service Alliance of Canada
(PSAC) is pleased to announce that it reached a tentative agreement with the
National Gallery of Canada (NGC) on behalf of its 225 members. The agreement
reached at the Mediation stage of negotiations averts a strike vote and a
possible strike by PSAC members.
    For the President of PSAC National Gallery Local Philippe Carpentier, the
negotiation process was long and difficult, but it produced a settlement he
will gladly submit to a ratification vote by the members.
    "We have reached an agreement that includes many of the contract
improvements that our members were seeking," Carpentier said.
    The negotiation process at the NGC was made even more difficult than
usual due to the fact that the parties had to negotiate a new classification
system for the PSAC members working there.
    The tentative agreement provides a new universal classification system
for all members, salary increases of 2.5% for each of the four years of the
contract, plus yearly service pay increases of 2.5%. In addition to the
economic increases, PSAC members will receive improved leave provisions and
other benefits.
    For Ed Cashman, PSAC Executive Vice-president for the National Capital
Region, this agreement is the result of the efforts all PSAC members at the
NGC put into the negotiation process.
    "Without the hard work of the negotiating team and the constant support
of all the members at the NGC, this agreement would not have been reached,"
Cashman said.
    In January, the PSAC bargaining team had to ask for the services of a
Conciliation Officer because of the lack of progress in the negotiations.
Unfortunately, the conciliation process was not successful and it ended March
20th.  The PSAC immediately requested mediation, to try and reach a fair and
equitable settlement with the employer.
    The PSAC later announced that it was going to hold a strike vote on April
19 unless the parties reach a tentative agreement before that date.
    The new collective agreement will expire in 2010.
    In 2001, the employees of NGC had to resort to strike action which lasted
from May 10 to July 13 before reaching a collective agreement with their

For further information:

For further information: Alain Cossette, PSAC Communications, (613)
560-4317, (613) 203-9210

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