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Art Gallery of Ontario – Bargaining 2010

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OPSEU Local 535 represents more than 260 full- and part-time workers at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) workers ratify new collective agreement

May 28, 2010  In a vote held on Thursday, May 27, 2010, employees at the Art Gallery of Ontario voted to ratify a new two-year collective agreement after bargaining brought them to the brink of a strike.

Notice to all employees of the Art Gallery of Ontario

May 21, 2010, 12 noon Please be advised that the Art Gallery of Ontario employee bargaining team and the employer have agreed to extend the strike/lockout deadline indefinitely as negotiations continue. Members should report to work until notified otherwise.   Updates to follow as they become available.

OPSEU local 535 members stand in solidarity with their bargaining team

May 21, 4:00 a.m. Art Gallery of Ontario workers stood in solidarity outside the AGO late into the night, as the strike deadline was extended. Negotiations continue.

Members of ACTRA and IATSE took time out from shooting an episode of CBC television drama series Being Erica on location at the AGO to stand with the workers. Erin Karpluk, lead actor of Being Erica, expressed her support.

Talks continue at the Art Gallery of Ontario as strike deadline is extended

May 21, 2010 News Release  OPSEU local 535 at the AGO is still at the table with the employer after bargaining through the night. more…

May 19 Information Picket

AGO workers receive a boost from over 250 supporters at rally

May 20, 2010 President Smokey Thomas and 1st Vice-President/Treasurer Patty Rout, gave OPSEU’s full support to Local 535 at a festive rally outside the AGO more…

AGO staff prepare for information picket, Wednesday, May 19

Part-time job crisis could push AGO workers to strike: OPSEU

May 18, 2010 Workers at the Art Gallery of Ontario will hold an information picket Wednesday to protest the AGO’s attack on good full-time jobs.

AGO workers vote 96% in favour of a strike

April 1, 2010 AGO workers have voted 96% in favour of a strike, confirming that they are ready to walk out if they are not offered a fair deal. more…

OPSEU calls for immediate cease and desist on AGO layoffs

March 19, 2010 the AGO has chopped staff once again, just one year after laying off experienced educators, collections experts and other crucial staff, and despite a recent cash injection from Ottawa. more…