Clarington Museum staff and board reach contract agreement

CLARINGTON — A possible strike has been averted and museum staff and the Clarington Museums and Archives have successfully negotiated their first contract.

“We are happy that we were eventually able to find some common ground and reach an agreement without disrupting the services that the museum provides to the community,” Roberta Stasyszyn, spokesperson for Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 74) museum workers said in a press release. “We wanted this first collective agreement to acknowledge the work that we do and address the precarious position that we were in as employees of the museum. We believe that this agreement offers us more stability and security than what we had before.”

A tentative contract agreement was reached on Thursday, Sept. 21, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 74) issued a statement on Tuesday, Sept. 26 that museum employees and the Clarington Museums and Archives had ratified the deal.

It gives museum workers increased job security and modest wage increases. The staff at the Clarington Museums and Archives unionized in 2016. This is the first contract negotiation process staff and the museum board have gone through.

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