Toronto Public Library Workers Union

Courageous. Passionate. Tenacious. Strong and Principled. A Fighter.

These are some of the traits that those who knew him well use to describe Brian Cochrane, the first president of unionized Toronto library and city outside workers after amalgamation in 1998.

About Brian

TPL briancochraine v1aBrian was responsible for several historic equality gains for the predominantly female workforce at TPL. At the bargaining table, he would never take "no" for an answer if he believed that standing firm and demanding more from the employer would benefit the rank and file union members he represented.

Brian was an example and a mentor to many members and leaders in our union, past and present. He was widely respected across Canada, both as a brilliant negotiator and as a highly effective municipal union leader.

Brian retired in 2008, and passed away in 2009 at the relatively young age of 56. In recognition of his years of dedicated service to library workers, TPLWU Local 4948 (CUPE) has established the Brian Cochrane Union Education Fund to enhance the work of mentorship and education within our local union. 

Donations can be made to: TD Bank. account # 0252-5222136

*Please note that the fund is administered internally. Currently, we are unable to issue tax receipts.

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May 21
RT @CUPEOntario: The BBQ/rally in solidarity with CUPE 1600 members at the Toronto Zoo was pure PANDAmonium! Visit the support page: https:…
May 21
RT @CUPEOntario: Amazing solidarity action for @cupe1600 today as their team heads back to the table this afternoon #fairdeal #ourTorontoZo
May 21
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a #FairContract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA0NEmb#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 21
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a #FairContract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA0NEmb#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 21
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a fair contract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA0NEmb#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 21
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a fair contract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA15fKL#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 21
Another question: who was TPL Board Chair during 2012 library strike who also ignored Torontonians' support for… https://t.co/1ENWpuicRb
May 21
RT @FredHahnCUPE @cllrainslie @cupe1600 @CUPEOntario I read your update - too bad it doesn't reflect reality - spending part of my Victori…
May 21
RT @dmrider: Zoo strike news - union, zoo met today. Zoo demanded more concessions, union said no, talks broke off so strike continues inde…
May 21
RT @CUPEOntario: Important update on the fight for #OurTorontoZoo -- Head to picket lines this weekend if you can :) Read more: https://t.c
May 20
RT @rogerbannisters: Hopes for a quick end to zoo strike dashed https://t.co/CBpsHXpMQC via @torontostar
May 20
RT @janeschmidt: Yesterday, I did more thinking about the next sacred cow I want to tackle. Calling out ineffectual literary philanthropy i…
May 20
RT @clpoolecotnam: Time 2 boost support for @cupe1600 after not reaching a deal at bargaining table yesterday. Picket lines are up this wee…
May 20
RT @CUPE129#OurTorontoZoo workers are amazing - support @cupe1600. Don't downsize @TheTorontoZoo. https://t.co/sQQ3RVuE2k
May 20
RT @CUPE9112#OurTorontoZoo workers of @cupe1600 were willing to compromise they will NOT agree to @theTorontoZoo concessions that threate…
May 20
RT @dmrider: That direction remains confidential but obvious from discussion board voted to not accept union's last offer; want more conces…
May 20
RT @dmrider: So it appears the @TheTorontoZoo will remain closed for the long weekend, no end of the strike in sight at the moment.
May 20
RT @dmrider: Without being able to reveal what that stance is, De Baeremaeker said zoo is "going to war" with its own staff and prolonging…
May 20
RT @tracey_at_5200: Workers who have job security prosper but so do the communities they live & spend in! I support Toronto Zoo Workers! @…
May 20
RT @Local4948: Friday #Solidarity picket @cupe1600#ourTorontoZoo #librarywarriors urge #topoli to ensure fair contract now @4948President
May 20
RT @Local4948#topoli Fairness *now* for @cupe1600#ourTorontoZoo workers @4948President @CUPEOntario @cllrainslie @JohnTory https://t.c
May 19
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a fair contract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA15fKL#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 19
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a fair contract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA0NEmb#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 19
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a #FairContract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA0NEmb#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 19
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a #FairContract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA0NEmb#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 19
RT @CUPEOntario: Amazing solidarity action for @cupe1600 today as their team heads back to the table this afternoon #fairdeal #ourTorontoZo
May 19
RT @CUPEOntario: The BBQ/rally in solidarity with CUPE 1600 members at the Toronto Zoo was pure PANDAmonium! Visit the support page: https:…
May 19
RT @cupe1600: LISTEN HERE @cupe1600 prez Christine McKenzie tells @mattgallowaycbc what the #ourtorontozoo strike is all about https://t.c
May 19
RT @cupe1600: Toronto Zoo May 11-not taking away employee job security Toronto Zoo May 12-Imma say opposite of what I said yesterday #ourto
May 19
RT @Local4948#Solidarity @cupe1600 4948President @Brandon4948 @CUPEOntario @cupenat#ourTorontoZoo @CUPE2974 @Cupe1989 @Local4948#toront…
May 19
RT @Local4948#Solidarity #ourTorontoZoo @cupe1600 announce going back to bargaining table! Keep up the pressure @cllrainslie @4948Presi
May 19
RT @Local4948#Solidarity @CUPE1600! Huge support for wrkrs #OurTorontoZoo Back to barg table #topoli @cllrainslie @JohnTory @4948Preside
May 19
RT @Local4948#ourtorontozoo @cupe1600 @cupeont#topoli https://t.co/HXnrQmjw1l
May 19
RT @Local4948: Show solidarity with @cupe1600 buffalo-ing them on Twitter @4948President https://t.co/BOJp5k1MUf@CUPEOntario#ourTorontoZ…
May 18
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May 18
#Solidarity @CUPE1600! Huge support for wrkrs #OurTorontoZoo Back to barg table #topoli @cllrainslie @JohnToryhttps://t.co/dNigoC983C
May 18
#Solidarity #ourTorontoZoo @cupe1600 announce going back to bargaining table! Keep up the pressure @cllrainsliehttps://t.co/A8iOIWX3AY
May 18
RT @cupe1600: LISTEN HERE @cupe1600 prez Christine McKenzie tells @mattgallowaycbc what the #ourtorontozoo strike is all about https://t.c
May 18
RT @cupe1600: Toronto Zoo May 11-not taking away employee job security Toronto Zoo May 12-Imma say opposite of what I said yesterday #ourto
May 18
You otter be coming out to support Local 1600 today 11 am for solidarity picket + BBQ @4948President @CUPEOntariohttps://t.co/ftWOWAPgiq
May 17
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May 17
RT @CUPEOntario: Don't forget to join us this Thursday for a solidarity BBQ/Rally with Toronto Zoo workers #OurTorontoZoo RSVP: https://t.
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RT @OFLabour: Show Zoo workers some Solidarity: Thurs May 18, 11am - 1pm at the main Zoo entrance off Meadowvale.@CUPEOntario https://t.co/