Vancouver Art Gallery reaches tentative agreement with striking employees

Employees represented by CUPE 15 will vote on the agreement Monday, February 11

Some 200 Vancouver Art Gallery employees have been on strike since last Tuesday. | CUPE 15

The Vancouver Art Gallery has reached a tentative agreement with its unionized workers.

The potential contract was tabled late Sunday night after a day of mediation and nearly a week of strike action by the some 200 gallery workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 15 (CUPE 15).

Union members will vote today (Monday, February 11) on the contract. If it's ratified, employees will return to work and the details of the agreement will be released, according to Johanie Marcoux, the Vancouver Art Gallery's director of marketing, communications and public affairs.

CUPE 15 first issued strike notice on January 28. The union rejected the gallery's final offer on February 1, and members walked off the job last Tuesday. Some of the gallery's operations and programs have been disrupted as a result.

Wage increases and a proposed worker scheduling model were outstanding issues in the negotiations.

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