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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Feb 19
RT @wylie_alan: Is it great news that a statutory public library service is put out to tender and a gov backed ‘mutual’ wins the contract f…
Feb 12
RT @JustinLibrarian: Hoo boy. I saw a similar thing happen in a community where I used to work. The spaces quickly became messy and full of…
Feb 12
RT @torontolibrary: We are closing all Toronto Public Library branches at 2 p.m. today. We anticipate we'll be open as usual tomorrow, but…
Feb 12
RT @cupe932: Union fighting self serve libraries https://t.co/BF2PtdhXLP
Feb 12
RT @CopyrightLibn: Not without additional funding for the additional work! https://t.co/0QE4esK3F6
Feb 12
Union fighting self-serve libraries and two-tiered service. Torontonians deserve full-service no matter what neighb… https://t.co/fOU0YBCMcp
Feb 11
RT @CWN_TOlabour: Coverage of our Lunar New Year Celebration last night @torontolabour @cupelocal79 @cupe4400 @unitehere75 @atulocal113 @T
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RT @JamieRh02395938 @4948Warriors @wylie_alan @torontolibrary @JohnTory @vbowlestpl @Local4948 Library staff are not replaceable with self…
Feb 11
RT @4948Warriors: Social isolationism is a real problem in vertical cities so why would library administrators promote libraries with no st…
Feb 11
RT @4948Warriors: These young workers are at risk of disappearing in staffless library model promoted by our@torontolibrary⁩. This will…
Feb 11
RT @TinaYazdani: This is one of Toronto’s very first self-service libraries, operating without any staff during extended hours. While it me…
Feb 11
RT @4948Warriors@Local4948⁩ Library Warriors are out canvassing in the Swansea and Todmorden neighbourhoods for increased library servic…
Feb 08
RT @SpaldingBooks: Our #bookoftheday - The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Larsen @larsenesque and Katty Ma…
Feb 08
RT @torontolabour: Looking good @Local4948 Strong campaign to oppose staffless libraries and support good jobs! https://t.co/ttQEXhCd4
Feb 07
Hope all are safe. Gunshot fired inside Downsview public library during fight: police - via @680newshttps://t.co/I5liTzLs1k
Feb 06
RT @wylie_alan: West Malvern phone box is brought back to life as mini-library https://t.co/aLdX2BN1vi God save us from middle-class tween…
Feb 04
RT @torontolabour: Come celebrate Black History Month as Labour Council Delegates honour Albert Jackson, Canada's first Black postal worker…
Jan 30
RT @4948Warriors: Just wrapped up talk from Maureen (former prez of @Local4948). Discussion about #LibraryWarriors campaign to stop library…
Jan 29
RT @CUPEOntario: Yesterday, CUPE Ontario Second Vice-President Yolanda McClean @Yoequality was recognized by the Ontario Black History Soci…
Jan 24
RT @FredHahnCUPE: Bet you don't know much about the longest and largest #GeneralStrike in #northamerican #History - read this great work by…
Jan 21
RT @liaisonkevin: The decline of public libraries signals the state’s abandonment of an institution that has historically represented socie…
Jan 20
RT @ADFRNTBooklist: Albert Jackson, b. a slave in Delaware in the 1850s and known as Canada's 1st Black letter carrier, will be honoured n…
Jan 20
RT @WomenMarchOnTO: THANK YOU, TORONTO!!!! It was freezing but you showed up and cheered and chanted and marched to resist. We love you…
Jan 20
RT @ninapanina924: Staff in libraries are critical to providing services in branch. They also intervene during incidents that occur in the…
Jan 20
RT @kristynwongtam: Toronto women marching on to Queens's Park. We have a message for Doug Ford. This feminism is intersectional. We are mo…
Jan 20
RT @4948Warriors: The communities in Swansea and East York deserve the same service as all other Torontonians. Read the article below to s…
Jan 20
RT @4948Warriors: Same with “Staffless Libraries” What is so strategic about this strategic plan? Library was a major employer of youth fro…
Jan 19
#LibraryWarriors at the #WomensMarch2019! Frozen? Yes, but the cold doesn't bother us when advocating for women's r… https://t.co/bE0LXYjhUc
Jan 16
RT @4948Warriors: Send a message to Mayor Tory today. Let’s tell City Hall that Staffless Libraries are a BAD IDEA! https://t.co/DsbQSyExY
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RT @GShankz#Staffless #libraries are a scary thought which may be a reality if @torontolibrary gets its way! Tell @JohnTory and library b…
Jan 16
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Jan 16
#LibraryWarriors getting the message out on #stafflesslibraries - response has been great! Sign the online petition… https://t.co/9BXqHGfYur
Jan 08
Save the date #WomenMarchOn Sat Jan 19 from 12 - 3 pm. Watch for details https://t.co/Wc8u9qa0rs#LibraryWarriors w… https://t.co/qrG4quGI8C
Jan 03
RT @4948Warriors: This is NOT my Toronto. KWT is the kind of councillor we need more of. Its why library workers support Women Win TO and a…
Jan 03
Aimed at our friends to the South - but relevant to Canadians too. https://t.co/uCbX3cEBMg#publiclibrary… https://t.co/RTxbebMPQZ
27 Dec 2018
RT @wylie_alan: In 2019 we need to focus less on libraries in terms of leisure and focus more on libraries in terms of reading (literacy/bo…
27 Dec 2018
RT @wylie_alan: https://t.co/aeyYegrY0n Closing 25 libraries, handing 18 to volunteers and slashing £2m from libraries budget is “not about…
15 Dec 2018
California library worker murdered by banned patron. https://t.co/P12Ce6TTxA@4948Warriors Heartbreaking. And terr… https://t.co/i9iNhIHF6f
13 Dec 2018
RT @progresstoronto: ACTION: tell Toronto city council and Mayor Tory to vote against Doug Ford’s attempt to takeover the TTC. Councillors…
13 Dec 2018
RT @4948Warriors: This is absolutely true that we need a long term funding solution for our libraries - starts from within - staffless libr…
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13 Dec 2018
RT @corr_mc: I didn’t know this was a thing, but my Union sent a onesie and it’s super cute! Thank you 🤗 https://t.co/yl6OvHbWcI
05 Dec 2018
RT @wylie_alan: Groundbreaking' community library opens in the Chew Valley https://t.co/H7m35qDz6Z - this volunteer-led ‘library’ is house…
05 Dec 2018
RT @FredHahnCUPE: A great way to spend a #Saturday #Solidarity is a verb #peopleforposties @CUPEOntario @fairwagesnow#onpoli https://t.c
05 Dec 2018
RT @Lindainred @Local4948 @4948Warriors Where can I get one of those signs