Change is in the air!
The Toronto Public Library Workers marched with pride in the 2015 Labour Day Parade. With the federal elections looming, this year's theme is "Time for a Change" - and the Toronto Public Library van could not have been clearer with this message (pictured above, with Local 4948 President, Maureen O'Reilly).
It's also time to eradicate precarious work - in the library and in our communities. Torontonians deserve better. Check out our "Rosie the Library Worker" t-shirts!
Up next: look for the Toronto Public Library workers at the Word on the Street Festival on Sunday, September 27 at Harbourfront.
From the Toronto Sun:
"Labour negotiations with city hall don’t always go by the book.
Along with the contracts for CUPE Locals 79 and 416, the contract for the Toronto Public Library Workers Union CUPE Local 4948 — the only union to go on strike during the Rob Ford era — also runs out at the end of this year.
Local president Maureen O’Reilly — who led the union through the 11-day strike in 2012 — said she hopes there will be a “different approach” during this round of bargaining.
“One that will be respectful of all the parties and one where we can sit down and really talk about our issues,” O’Reilly said. “We really went out on strike in 2012 just not against the Ford administration but against the continuing inroads of precarious work into our workplace ... We’re really hoping that we can sit down and roll up our sleeves and have some real good discussion and look for ways for solutions.”
Library workers experience the highest level of part-time work — 50% of the membership — within the City of Toronto, O’Reilly said.
Read the full article here.
The rain did not prevent the Toronto Public Library Pride Alliance from joining the 2015 Pride March. And as everyone knows, rainbows follow the rain :)
Thanks to the TPL Pride Alliance for all their hard work organizing our participation.