CMCC saddened that its employees have not been asked to vote on its offer

September 20, 2009

CMCC saddened that its employees have not been asked to vote on its offer

Gatineau, Quebec, September 20, 2009 — The Management of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum are saddened that our employees, members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) have chosen to go on strike as of Monday morning.

After three days of marathon bargaining, management presented its final offer last Friday morning. “This offer represents a significant commitment to our staff and it was our expectation that it be shared and voted upon by staff” said Elizabeth Goger, CMCC Chief Negotiator. Ms. Goger added, “we also offered to extend the deadline for acceptance beyond the Sunday deadline if PSAC required more time for staff consultations; but they refused.”

CMCC’s final offer included increased job security provisions and wage proposals that would see salaries rise by between 12% and 17% over four years. PSAC’s latest wage and benefit demands would see salary costs increase upwards of 30% over the same period.

While we understand the negative impact this will have on our visitors, we need to manage within our means to ensure that the Museums can continue the high level of excellent programs and services Canadians and visitors from around the world have come to enjoy.

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