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Striking AGO workers reach tentative deal: union

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A labour disruption that has kept the Art Gallery of Ontario closed for weeks could be nearing an end. The union representing 400 striking workers said Thursday its bargaining team has reached a tentative deal with the gallery.

400 AGO workers have been striking since March 25

A worker holds a sign that reads: "Art matters and so do we."
Striking AGO workers said their wages have fallen far behind the current cost of living. (CBC)

A labour disruption that has kept the Art Gallery of Ontario closed for weeks could be nearing an end.

The union representing 400 striking workers said Thursday its bargaining team has reached a tentative deal with the gallery.

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 535 said the agreement was reached late into the night “after 16 hours of bargaining.”

Assistant curators, archivists, food and hospitality staff, researchers, instructors, carpenters, electricians and visitor service staff at the gallery began their strike on March 25, after 10 months of negotiations failed to produce a new deal.

The workers’ union said wages have not kept pace with increases in the cost of living. 

Members will now vote on whether to ratify the deal. 

It’s unclear when the gallery will reopen to the public at this time.

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