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Art Gallery of Ontario staff reach tentative deal, averting strike

Union members picket outside the Art Gallery of Ontario on May 1, 2014.

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A strike by 350 employees of the Art Gallery of Ontario seeking more job stability has been averted – for now.

AGO management and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union have reached a tentative agreement, which the union will vote to ratify on Wednesday, OPSEU spokeswoman Heather Corner said Friday morning by e-mail.

OPSEU representatives were at the table "to fight off the employer demands for more part-time, unstable work and the pervasive use of outside companies to do AGO employees' jobs," the union said in a statement released earlier in the week.

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A picket was held outside the gallery on Thursday evening leading up to the strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. on Friday.

Food and beverage staff, curators, lighting technicians, and maintenance workers are among the members of OPSEU Local 535.

The AGO has close to 600 total employees.

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