Toronto Public Library Workers Union

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the principal administrative body of Local 4948. It consists of the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary-Treasurer and the Recording Secretary. They are elected by the membership by secret ballot vote every three years.

What We Do

The Committee conducts the business of the Local on a daily basis. It makes the decisions and takes the action necessary to protect the work-related interests of the members, all in accordance with the Local's By-laws and the National CUPE Constitution.

The Committee works closely with the rest of the Executive Board to ensure that all members' views are heard and their concerns addressed.

  

c1 maureen-oreillyMaureen O'Reilly, President

president@local4948.org
Telephone: (416)-440-7981 ext 4800


Maureen O’Reilly is President of the 2,100 member Toronto Public Library Workers Union (TPLWU) Local 4948, CUPE. Maureen was elected just two months before Rob Ford became mayor in 2010 and has lived to tell the tale. 

In 2011-2012 Maureen led the successful fight back campaign against a 10% cut to the library budget that prevented library closures and service hour cuts. The campaign touched the hearts of Torontonians which lead to the derailment of the gravy train mantra.

The 2012 library strike which followed was largely about stopping the further advancement of precarious work into library workplaces and the protection of good jobs. Maureen continues to be a strong advocate for not only library workers but for the communities we all want.

Maureen is also Co-Chair of the CUPE National Library Workers Committee, Member of the CUPE Ontario Library Workers Committee and an Executive Board member of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council.

 

c1 brendon-haleyBrendan Haley, Vice-President

vicepresident@local4948.org
Telephone: (416)-440-7981 ext 4804

I started with the Toronto Public Library as a Facilities worker in December 1974. A year later I was elected Treasurer of the local union and have been active in the union ever since.

Growing up in a mining community in Newfoundland, I witnessed the benefits that being a member of a union had; things like improved wages and working conditions for miners. Since becoming an active union member I have held the positions of President, Vice President, and Treasurer and have served on numerous committees including Harmonization, Pay Equity, Diversity, Health & Safety, etc.

I am grateful to the members for their support over the years and look forward to working with them in the future; to defend the rights of our members and to build a strong and vibrant union.

I am proud of the work "we as a union" have accomplished.

 

c1 viveca-grettonViveca Gretton, Recording Secretary

Email: recordingsecretary@local4948.org
Telephone: (416)-440-7981 ext 4803

I started at the North York Public Library in 1990 and shortly after became Recording Secretary for the library workers. Over the years, I have served on the bargaining, strike, and grievance committees. I became a union activist back in the early 80s when I worked at a large Toronto bookstore working for minimum wage and no benefits.

The staff wanted to unionize - and I became one of the organizers. This early experience exposed me to the ugly side of certain employer practices - and demonstrated how powerful collective action could be in fighting back. Since then, trade union activity has become a part of my life. Its progressive ideals inspire me - and the day-to-day work offers the chance to help working people in practical ways.

I am a frontline librarian at the North York Central Library where I've worked for over 20 years delivering readers' advisory and reference services to a diverse community of book lovers and film enthusiasts.   

 

c1 carmela-degiorgioCarmela DeGiorgio, Secretary-Treasurer

Email: treasurer@local4948.org
Telephone: (416)-440-7981 ext 4802

I was born in Italy and immigrated to Toronto with my family in 1970. When I was fifteen years old I applied to the Borough of York Public Library and was hired as a student.

After several years of working at the library, I was finally hired in 1980 as a full-time clerical employee at the Maria A. Shchuka library in York.

At this time, the libraries in York were non-union. Favouritism and other unfair practices were rampant. Today, post amalgamation, all branches are thankfully unionized. Having worked in the non-union library system, I have seen firsthand the differences between a union system and a non-union system.

But unions are only as strong as the people who get involved. I wanted to make a difference so I became active in the union to inform and support library members of their rights and to make our communities aware of the challenges that we face today. 

 

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