AGO workers on strike - The arts matter. So do we. OPSEU/SEFPO Local 535

Over 400 Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) workers are on strike against contracting out and for better hours, liveable wages, and a future at the gallery. Our livelihoods should matter, not just the bottom line.

We keep the gallery lights on. We keep the doors open. We keep the art moving. And on March 26, we shut it down.

Over 60% of us are precarious, part-time workers who can’t get consistent hours or full-time opportunities. Meanwhile, the executive elites collect annual pay bumps as high as 40-60%.

We love the arts & the gallery, but after years of dedication, we shouldn’t be at the poverty line. Part-time workers still pay full-time rent. Dignity, like art, is for everybody — so we’re on strike for the respect we’re owed!

Stand with workers on strike – pledge to not cross our picket line! Workers have shut it down – now it’s time to take action and bring home the message to the gallery’s management, Board of Trustees, and donors: No Deal means No AGO. 

Picket schedule

Friday, April 12

8 am – 12 pm

12 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, April 13

1 pm – 5 pm

Sunday, April 14

12 pm – 4 pm

Monday, April 15

No lines

Tuesday, April 16

8 am – 12 pm

12 pm – 4 pm

Wednesday, April 17

12 pm – 4 pm

4 pm – 8 pm

Thursday, April 18

8 am – 12 pm

12 pm – 4 pm

Friday, April 19

8 am – 12 pm

12 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, April 20

12 pm – 4 pm

Sunday, April 21

12 pm – 4 pm

Donate to help the strikers


By e-transfer

OPSEU/SEFPO now accepts electronic bank transfers! You can e-mail a donation to L535 to Please note your Union # and donation recipient in the e-transfer message, like so: “Local ____: Donation to L535.”

Or mail a cheque out to Local 535. Please include in the memo line: “Local 535 – Art Gallery of Ontario.”

By mail:

Mailing address:

Pauline Cheslock
OPSEU/SEFPO Staff Representative
31 Wellesley St. E.
Toronto, ON M4Y 1G7

By using your local’s rebates

OPSEU/SEFPO Locals can make a donation in solidarity with any OPSEU/SEFPO Local/unit that is on strike by using their rebates.

  • Local Trustee Audited Reports (TARS) must be up to date
  • Two LEC officers (e.g. Local President, Treasurer, Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President, or Chief Steward) must authorize that the funds are to be deducted from the Local’s quarterly rebate.

LEC Officers Endorsement

LEC Officer 1:

LEC Officer 2: