Ontario Libaries and the library workers are under attack. The Toronto Public Library Workers narrowly avoided a strike in May. Both the Mississauga Public Library Workers (CUPE Local 1989) and the Essex County Public Library Workers (CUPE Local 2974 - Library) were forced to take strike action strike against an unfair employer.
Concessions, cutbacks, and precarious work are challenges faced by these workers in a predominately-female workplace. Local 1989 was able to get the employer back to the table and negotiate a settlement.
However, the 58 members of the Essex County Library are still out on strike. The Toronto Public Library Workers urge all library workers and library supporters to support this brave band of library warriors in whatever way they can.
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Members of Local 4948 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 4948) today ratified a new collective agreement with the Toronto Public Library Board (TPLB).
The four-year agreement contains modest annual wage improvements, as well as improvements to address precarious employment at the Toronto Public Library, where more than half of all jobs can currently be described as 'precarious'.
"We said at the onset that our members wanted and needed a collective agreement that addressed the unique needs of our workforce. Half of our members are precariously employed, and three-quarters are women, and this agreement is a good-albeit small-step in the right direction for them," said Maureen O'Reilly, President of CUPE 4948.
CUPE 4948 and TPLB reached the agreement early Monday morning, following a marathon round of bargaining over the weekend.
O'Reilly said the new agreement couldn't have been reached without the "overwhelming" support of CUPE 4948 members and their supporters.
"We took a stand. Our members said clearly that good jobs that support quality public services in the community mattered, not only to them but to the community as well. That message clearly resonated with the public-particularly library supporters," she said.
The tentative agreement is scheduled to go to the Toronto Public Library Board at a special ratification meeting on May 6.
Maureen O'Reilly, President of Local 4948 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Local 4948 The Toronto Public Library Workers Union) announced today the union has reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with the Toronto Public Library Board.
"This has been a difficult round of bargaining, but our bargaining committee has secured a deal which we believe addresses some of our concerns and allows Toronto's library workers to continue to provide great services in the city's 100 branches," said O'Reilly.
The ratification will be scheduled in the coming days. O'Reilly said that until members have reviewed and voted on the contract, Local 4948 will be making no further public comments about the details of the deal.
Local 4948 represents about 2200 members worker in Toronto's Public Libraries.