Union seeks mediator in Vancouver Art Gallery labour dispute

Outstanding issues remaining include two-tiered working conditions and wages.

The Vancouver Art Gallery in September, 2015. NICK PROCAYLO / PNG

Both sides involved in a labour dispute at the Vancouver Art Gallery will meet with a mediator Sunday.

The gallery, located in downtown Vancouver, remains open but operating with a skeleton staff after 200 unionized workers went on strike Tuesday morning.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 15, says, in a statement, that it has applied to the B.C. Labour Relations Board for a mediator.

CUPE 15 President Warren Williams says after eight months of bargaining, members are frustrated the gallery managers aren’t budging.

“We are hopeful that a mediator can help rebuild the relationship between the parties in order to bring about a fair, respectful and negotiated settlement,” he said, in the statement.

The parties are scheduled to meet with the mediator on Sunday at 9 a.m.

The worker voted 96 per cent in favour of a strike and gave the gallery strike notice last week.

Johanie Marcoux, director of marketing, communications and public affairs for the VAG, said earlier this week that the gallery will assess on a day-to-day basis whether it remains open from Wednesday onward.

Marcoux said the gift shop and café are open. All school groups and tours were cancelled.

Marcoux said the gallery believes it has submitted a proposal to the union that is “fair and reasonable for both employees and the gallery, which is an independent, not-for-profit organization.”

Outstanding issues remaining include two-tiered working conditions and wages.

In a letter to members Friday, the gallery said it is offering staff a 4.75 per cent wage increase over a three year period, which it believes is “fair and sustainable” while the union is proposing a 5.5 per cent increase.

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With files from Kevin Griffin

Источник: Vancouversun.com

Источник: Corruptioner.life

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