On Saturday, November 26, a group of Toronto Public Library Workers joined other union locals on a bus bound for Essex County. The bus was loaded with box after box of food donations collected from unionized library workers from all across the Toronto Public Library. These donations were collected to help the Essex County Public Library workers make it through the holiday season - they have been out on strike since June 25 with no end in sight. Essex County officials appear to be willing to deprive their communities of their public libraries as they continue to demand concessions from this tiny, but steadfast group of 58 workers. If you wish to assist this brave group of library warriors, click here.
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The Essex Public Library Workers, Local 2974, have been out on strike since June 25, 2016. This is threatening to become the worst public library strike in Canadian history.
The Toronto Public Library Workers stand united with the small band of 58 library workers who are up against an unfair employer.
All the public libraries in Essex County have been closed since June 25.
The Toronto Public Library Workers Union Local 4948 will be heading out to Essex County on November 26 to deliver donations to Local 2974's food bank. Workers in our Toronto branches are happy to help.
If you would like to see what you can do to help support these library workers, click here.
The Toronto Public Library Workers Local 4948 joined the Toronto Labour Team at the CN Tower Climb last Sunday to raise money for the United Way.
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Workers from the Toronto Public Library, members of CUPE 4948, celebrated Ontario Public Library Week with sweet treats and a message that great libraries have great patrons and great people working for them.“
"It’s always great to see how much people in Toronto love their libraries and today is no exception,” said CUPE 4948 Executive Board member Mary Bissell.
Library workers handed out candy treats, postcards and buttons at the Toronto Reference Library to commemorate Public Library Week, which began October 16 and runs until October 22.
Since its inception in 1883, Toronto’s libraries have grown into North America’s most well-used library system, serving millions at 100 neighbourhood branches across the city.
Since 1985, Public Library Week has highlighted the vital contributions that public libraries make towards enhancing the quality of life for all residents. Across Ontario, CUPE library workers are marking the week with celebrations scheduled in 16 different communities.
In addition to celebrating the contributions libraries and library workers make to their communities, Public Library Week provides an opportunity to discuss the importance of ensuring libraries and library workers have the resources and tools to best serve their communities, while providing important services and good jobs.
“Libraries make our communities better places to live in, and that’s cause for celebration in and of itself,” said CUPE 4948 President Maureen O’Reilly who also chairs CUPE Ontario’s Library Workers Committee.
“But while we’re celebrating the libraries in our communities, it’s also important to pay tribute to the thousands of people across the province who work every day to make our libraries great,” she added.