CMCC disappointed Union rejected a fair and reasonable offer for its 420 members

September 19, 2009

CMCC disappointed Union rejected a fair and reasonable offer for its 420 members

Gatineau, Quebec, September 18, 2009 — This morning, PSAC rejected CMCC’s offer for a settlement. CMCC management is deeply disappointed with the results of the negotiation sessions. “We came to the table hoping that the union would adopt a more reasonable position,” said Elizabeth Goger, CMCC Chief Negotiator.

CMCC’s settlement offer represented the results of exhaustive negotiations all with the objective of responding to employees’ demands in a fair and reasonable fashion. Management offered enhanced job security protection and substantial wage increases. Had the offer been accepted, by April 1, 2012 CMCC employees would have received on average between a 12% and 17% salary increase. Unfortunately the Union refused to budge and continues to ask for excessive demands that would raise our salary costs by at least 30%. “We simply cannot afford that” underlined Ms. Goger. “Canadians expect publicly funded institutions to be fiscally responsible.”

CMCC Management sincerely regrets the potential impact that the union’s decision will have on its employees and museum visitors. It hopes that the PSAC will let employees vote on the offer before Monday morning.

Although it is Management’s wish to maintain regular hours of operations for both the Museum of Civilization and the War Museum, visitors are encouraged to check the website at: and or to call: 819 776-7600 for regular updates on the accessibility to the two museums.

The Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation operates the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum and the Virtual Museum of New France. As part of their mandate, the Museums function as centres for research and public information on the social, military and human history of the country. Their principal role is to preserve and promote the heritage of Canada for present and future generations, thereby contributing to the enhancement of Canadian identity.

Media Information:

Vice-President, Public Affairs and Publishing

Chantal J. Schryer
Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation

Tel.: 819 776-8499

Fax: 819 776-7187