Workers at the Art Gallery of
Ontario will hold an information picket
Wednesday to protest the AGO’s attack on good
Date: Wed. May 19
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Place: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317
Dundas St. W.
Featuring Rhythms of Resistance and Faith
AGO workers will be in a legal
strike position at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 21,
2010. Calling for good, full-time jobs, AGO
staff are demanding a fair contract.
“Our members are dedicated to
the AGO and they want to work,” says AGO staff
member and OPSEU steward, Paula Whitmore. “We
are committed to the work we do, and deserve
recognition for full-time hours.”
Many AGO employees are
struggling to make a living working two
part-time jobs, often at 40 hours per week with
no benefits. They are forced into part-time
work and short term contracts. In addition, work
is often contracted out to external sources.
“AGO employees are in a
revolving door,” says Whitmore. “There is no
good reason for the lack of full-time positions.
Workers are being penalized because of lack of
foresight and planning on the part of
The ratio of part-time to
full-time staff keeps increasing. As recently as
2005 there were 136 full-time and 159 part-time
staff. Now there are 177 full-time staff while
the number of part-time staff has grown to 266.
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