Thank you to all the Torontonian public library lovers who came to visit the Toronto Public Library Workers booth at WOTS 2018. It was wonderful chatting with you, listening to your thoughts on the direction of library services, and sharing our love for our public library. Our public library supporters are truly library warriors! A huge thank you to Canadian author Andrew Larsen who signed his book, "The Man Who Loved Libraries" - a massive hit - with long linueps of readers waiting to get their copy. Thank you again to all the library workers who volunteered their time at the booth. Our book bags are always popular - Daniel Rotsztain's "All the Libraries" book bag was once again a hot item in demand. The lawns at Queen's Quay were filled with kids playing with our public library frisbees and flying our "No to Staffless Libraries" flags. Watch for our "I am a Library Warrior" bookmarks. Another successful event! See you next year.
The members of IATSE Local 58 were locked out by the Exhibition Place Board of Governors on July 20th, in a blatant attempt to bust their union. IATSE member are stagehands who set up and run sound, lighting and staging for performances and sporting events. Most of this work is “on call” – responding to the flexible schedules of events during the year. The employer is seeking to gut the union security clause and allow event operators to use non-union contractors or agencies to take over this work. The union has offered go to binding arbitration in order to end the dispute, but the employer is refusing. Councillor Mark Grimes Chairs the Board of Governors, and has overseen the imposition of the lockout with the full support of Mayor John Tory. Non-union crews were brought in from out of town to set up the entire CNE.
On Tuesday, there will be a special City Council meeting to hear a report on the CNE situation. This was spearheaded by Councillor Layton who was able to get 23 Councillors to agree to a meeting – the same motion that was defeated two weeks ago.