Toronto Public Library Workers Union

Clue

A L W A Y S    F O L L O W    T H E    M O N E Y

The 2016 Library Budget and Impact on Negotiations

At the Special City Council meeting on February 17, 2016 the City of Toronto approved the Library budget of approximately $175.9 million dollars.  This represents a 1.6% increase plus enhancements of $0.958 million representing a 0.5% increase which supports Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy for a total of a 2.1% increase overall.

Clue No. 1

The budget as submitted from the Library Board included a reduction of 6.9FTEs in the page classification as an “efficiency expenditure reduction”.  The budget also included the creation of 5 permanent FTEs in E-Services. (previously grant funded)

The Poverty Reduction enhancements include the following:

·        Sunday open hours - 1 full year at 8 branches - commence July & August

North York Central Library, Toronto Reference Library, Albion, Cedarbrae, Lillian H Smith, Malvern, Northern District, Richview                         

·        Sunday open hours – 6 new locations – commence September

Bridlewood, Centennial, Runnymede, Fort York, Mount Dennis, Scarborough Town Centre

·        Youth Hub expansion (2 FTEs new)

Maria A. Shuchuka, Fairview

·        Internet Wi-Fi hotspot lending

·        Malvern Digital Innovation Hub (1 FTE new)

Overall, this netted out to a 1.1 FTE increase to the compliment.  This will put an enormous pressure on the library to fund future Sunday service and pressure at the bargaining table to find a solution.

Clue No. 2

However, an additional motion put forward by the City will reduce the Operating Budget for all City Agencies* by a total of $1.249 million with savings to be realized from a spending freeze on discretionary expenditures.  (*excluding Police and TTC who were included in a separate motion) also passed.

This means the Library budget will be cut but at this time the amount is unknown.  This also means that cuts to the library budget directly are hidden by the Tory administration with this sleight of hand.  Obviously lessons were learned under the Fords.  This also means that the library is funding its own growth in services by cutting staff in one area to support staff in another area.  Again this is being done in the absence of a staffing model.

A motion by Councillor Stephen Holyday to collect library fines on the property tax assessment, another old Ford motion, was defeated.

Clue No. 3

Several motions by Councillor Michael Thompson to cut the police services budget failed.  Some of the savings realized here would have gone to fund the library.  Mayor Tory voted against all of Thompson’s motions.

Clue No. 4

Councillor Mike Layton certainly put forward an interesting motion:

That City Council request the TPLB to request the City Librarian, in consultation with the Office of Equity, Diversity and Human Rights, to report to the Library Board on a staffing and service delivery mode that meets the service levels outline in the Strategic Plan, including using a Job Quality Assessment Tool.

Presumably this motion will examine if an adequate staffing model is in place and secondly will determine why the Library has a 50% part-time level when the rest of the city is far below that.

The motion was defeated by the Budget Committee when it was first presented. The majority of the Budget Committee is stacked by Tory’s cronies. The defeat that the motion would not go forward to the Executive Committee chaired by Tory. However, it did come back around at the Special City Council meeting.

So Who Voted Against It?

John Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Gary Crawford, Justin J. Di Ciano, Stephen Holiday, Giorgio Mammoliti, DENZIL MINNAN-WONG, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson and JOHN TORY.

Clue No. 1 plus 2, 3 and 4 = ANOTHER CONCESSIONARY ROUND OF BARGAINING WITH A MAYOR WHO IS NOT A FRIEND OF THE LIBRARY

Librarian Glasses

Members Login Here:

Twitter icon

Recent Tweets

Jul 12
RT @cotapsa: COTAPSA Report on July 11, 2018 #OMERS SC Stakeholder Meeting on Proposed Plan Changes https://t.co/1slu9sbtmv@Local416 @Cup
Jul 10
RT @ManBookerPrize: We are delighted to announce our #ManBooker50 winner is The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje @BloomsburyBooks. Read…
Jul 10
RT @ProudPolitics: Looking to grow your municipal campaign skill set? Join us Sat July 14th at the @torontolibrary's Lillian Knowles branch…
Jul 01
RT @torontolabour: Across the country we celebrate #CanadaDay, with recognition of the complex story that starts with #indigenous peoples a…
Jul 01
RT @CUPEOntario @FredHahnCUPE: “Let them here you - no one is illegal @CUPEOntario#KeepFamilesTogether Rally. https://t.co/X8SjeUieB0
Jul 01
We hear you, brother. 🇨🇦#LibraryWarriors need to rest + recharge too. #solidarity https://t.co/CWtn92DhLE
Jul 01
RT @torontolabour: In June 1981 Postal Workers fought a 42 day strike to win paid #maternity leave. Then labour + women's movement worked t…
Jul 01
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE Ontario standing in solidarity with migrant families detained by the U.S. at the Families Belong Together Rally. // @…
Jul 01
Happy Canada Day from the Toronto Public Library Workers #Canada151 #CanadaDayWeekend #july1 🇨🇦🇨🇦 https://t.co/HvDZgAGtwf
Jun 26
@WomenWinTO⁩ ! Political boot camp for women celebrates its first electoral wins #solidarity 🏾🏿🏽🏼⁦… https://t.co/iQ74H9GulN
Jun 24
RT @ab81: Some of the amazing @torontolibrary & @Local4948 staff at #PrideTO March today. Our Wonder Woman cosplayer from the Reference Lib…
Jun 24
RT @ab81: Our @torontolibrary Bookmobile is all dolled up for #PrideTO parade and serenading the audience with upbeat music. https://t.co/q
Jun 24
RT @ab81: The view of #PrideTO parade from the marchers’ eyes. https://t.co/dzxG3eyJnV
Jun 24
RT @torontolibrary: Happy #Pride, Toronto! TPL & @Local4948 staff are marching in the Pride Parade and carrying red balloons to honour 30 y…
Jun 24
RT @margonaut: A @torontolibrary bookmobile at the #PrideToronto Parade 🏳️‍ https://t.co/laXWlNfsAt
Jun 24
RT @ab81: Today was a wonderful reminder that a little... ok, a lot of rain won’t dampen spirits & that light always comes after the rain.…
Jun 24
RT @ab81: So proud to march with @torontolibrary & @Local4948 staff at #PrideTO parade. We’re wearing red and carrying red balloons to hono…
Jun 24
Happy #Pride from the Toronto Public Library Workers Union #TOPride #Solidarity #equity #diversity #justicehttps://t.co/GHWoFn09Km
Jun 22
Congratulations to the graduating class of@WomenWinTO⁩ and to the new faces of women in politics. What an inspiri… https://t.co/Eg3k5RajfG
Jun 22
Now hearing from @hemavyas who is the founding member of @WomenWinTO. She congratulates the Leadership Team and th… https://t.co/FngZH9su9E
Jun 21
Celebrating the summer solstice today by recognizing the strength of women activists. Among them is the Honourable… https://t.co/wLAyCrPBi2
Jun 21
Next up is Dr. Jean Augustine, the first Black woman to be elected to Parliament and the first Black woman to hold… https://t.co/ok1oEi9Kwx
Jun 21
Only 14 out of 45 members on city council are women. There is only one openly gay member, and only one woman of col… https://t.co/5CSRy7c0iw
Jun 21
Opening remarks from Councillor @kristynwongtam who is a champion for gender equity and for women in general at cit… https://t.co/Yj8tTWFbfg
Jun 21
RT @abrarissi: I have been looking forward to tonight's celebration for @WomenWinTO participants for weeks now. Congratulations all #TOpol
Jun 21
Women Win TO wrap-up Celebration for 2018. We need more women candidates and campaigners in politics and this group… https://t.co/upWb0VHykk
Jun 20
RT @wylie_alan: https://t.co/aDnufg6fIw - so staffless library tech allows staff to do more community outreach !!! Not if the council buyin…
Jun 20
RT @GShankz: Child care system is set for the 70s and not for the 21st century- given people are precariously employed with short notice on…
Jun 20
RT @GShankz: Listening to @SaraMojtehedz on her investigative journalism on temporary workers being hired in #Ontario #pepso https://t.co/7
Jun 20
RT @GShankz: Is precarious employment here to stay? - definitely an interesting yet scary thought #Pepso @UWGreaterTO
Jun 20
RT @CUPEOntario @CUPEOntario Vice President Yolanda McClean @Yoequality - has been named one of Canada's top 100 accomplished black Cana…
Jun 20
RT @GShankz: “Rising tide only lifts some boats: the differential impacts of precarious employment##precariousWork #pepso @Local4948
Jun 19
RT @wylie_alan: Councillors/Policy Makers “We’re going to be innovative & call libraries ‘hubs’ & make them much more than just about books…
Jun 19
RT @Janet_Davis: Library workers make our libraries great! https://t.co/m5Uael9afZ
Jun 18
RT @CUPEOntario: "Today’s announcement of a unilateral hiring freeze across all government services demonstrates Premier Designate Doug For…
Jun 18
Cllr @SarahEDoucette asks: have we seen this plan before with extended hours but w/o a real service? TPL responds b… https://t.co/qpkoq31QBh
Jun 18
At TPL library board listening to stories of trust that our patrons put into library as a safe place, with strong c… https://t.co/HujzkFiyOK
Jun 18
At the TPL Board. “Open Hours” vision is presented. More hours is great. How is TPL going to provide real library… https://t.co/WvLsBtqcuH
Jun 18
RT @wylie_alan: Don't let them fool you folks A Public Library without paid/trained library staff isn't a Public Library. It's a building,…
Jun 18
RT @Staffourlibrary: Staff our Libraries can reveal that as predicted there have been further breaches of safety in staffless libraries lea…
Jun 18
RT @publiclibnews: The Telegraph, which very rarely covers libraries, writes critically about staffless technology (partially behind paywal…
Jun 18
RT @dawnafinch: "Open access" library - sounds great doesn't it? It really means a staffless DIY room of books. No wonder people don't want…
Jun 18
RT @E_dayEccentric: Sadly, with the conversion of almost 200 of Ireland’s 330 libraries for unmanned, staffless hours, this won’t be the ca…
Jun 18
RT @Staffourlibrary: Nearly 200 of Ireland's 330 public libraries will be converted for staffless unmanned hours. https://t.co/EcqvikqhlR
Jun 18
Cllr @Janet_Davis presents to @torontolibrary board on Dawes Road Library + space for youth. Thanks to Cllr Davis f… https://t.co/iHnY6a2lgD
LA
Jun 17
RT @lauraaversa: A beautiful cake for @4948President! You will be missed https://t.co/lM69sXygzd