Toronto Public Library Workers Union

Many people associate unions exclusively with industrial or construction trades workers or those in manual labour occupations with low education requirements. But in Canada and elsewhere in the world, highly educated professional workers, especially those who work in the public sector, often belong to unions.

Equal Treatment

While their workplaces are generally safer than those in industry, construction or manual labour occupations, their needs for fair treatment are the same.

lib2.0Library workers are dedicated to their profession. The years of post-secondary training it requires to become a professional Librarian with a Master's degree are costly and not easily transferable to another occupation. Librarians have made a significant investment in their careers akin to an investment in a house. Belonging to a union is a type of insurance that their investment will be protected against arbitrary treatment and that they will have input into their compensation and working conditions. Many are willing to work part-time while waiting for a full-time position to open up. The years they spend working part-time should count towards their right to full-time work when it becomes available. Only a union can help ensure this.

Other classifications of library workers, such as Public Service Assistants, are in the same position as Librarians. They must be highly educated and typically have to work part-time for years before a full-time position opens up for them. Another classification - Pages - constitutes the single largest group of Toronto library workers. There are currently about 600 Toronto Public Library Pages. All work part-time and most are paid close to the Ontario Minimum Wage.

Since Toronto amalgamation in 1998, the public library workforce has decreased by ten percent while circulation has gone up by 25 per cent. This is a very large productivity increase, per worker.

All the evidence is that the library workers' union has contributed to the maintenance of an experienced, stable and dedicated workforce by ensuring fairness and security and promoting professional development. There has never been a strike in the Toronto Public Library. 

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Dec 05
RT @wylie_alan: Groundbreaking' community library opens in the Chew Valley https://t.co/H7m35qDz6Z - this volunteer-led ‘library’ is house…
Dec 05
RT @FredHahnCUPE: A great way to spend a #Saturday #Solidarity is a verb #peopleforposties @CUPEOntario @fairwagesnow#onpoli https://t.c
Dec 05
RT @Lindainred @Local4948 @4948Warriors Where can I get one of those signs
Dec 03
#LibraryWarriors out at #stafflless #TodmordenLibrary today. Community members not supportive of library w/o staf… https://t.co/oRbTMA0tBS
Dec 03
RT @4948Warriors: Not to mention that local dollars are being funnelled to a Swiss based company instead of employing young people in our c…
Dec 03
RT @4948Warriors: Alan thank you for all of your work on behalf of our public library. Sadly @torontolibrary world’s busiest urban library…
Dec 03
RT @wylie_alan @4948Warriors @torontolibrary @Local4948 @vbowlestpl @JohnTory @torontolabour @cupenat Solidarity, we have at least 119 ‘st…
Dec 03
RT @wylie_alan @4948Warriors @torontolibrary @Local4948 @vbowlestpl @JohnTory @torontolabour @cupenat The ‘open+’ (staffless library) mode…
Dec 03
RT @4948Warriors: Todmorden and Swansea - for now @Local4948#TOpoli #torontolabour https://t.co/UvpMnkdEql
Dec 03
RT @4948Warriors: Even gets around contract language because no staff is being harmed because there is no staff! Lost opportunities for yo…
Dec 03
RT @LibraryJournal: Toronto Public Library Workers Campaign to Bring Awareness About Dangers of "Staffless Libraries" https://t.co/AjGPSaz8
Dec 03
Toronto Public Library Workers begin campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of #stafflesslibrarieshttps://t.co/Q20AKyyvlF
Dec 01
RT @bravo_alej: The future of a fair city right here https://t.co/IxbC7qeIGj
Dec 01
RT @4948Warriors: Library Warriors at@progresstoronto⁩ event. Growing a progressive voice in TO Here we come #TOpoli @local4948@broadb
Dec 01
RT @4948Warriors: Celebrating a progressive vision of our city with@Brandon4948⁩ and@GShankz⁩ at@progresstoronto⁩ event@Local4948⁩…
Nov 16
A huge thank you to @CUPEOntario and to the awesome @FredHahnCUPE + to all the activists @4948Warriors who spoke… https://t.co/B96YDEMp1X
Nov 15
Respect to @iatse58 members for their courageous fight against a terrible employer. You fought the hard fight.… https://t.co/I3WrM1axK5
Nov 15
RT @TiffanyBalducci: Happening TOMORROW!! Send a message NOW if you haven’t yet! #OMERS #MyOmers https://t.co/AEbh2z35qD
Nov 15
RT @cupe932: Retired and this doesn't affect you? The Ontario Pensions Act is the only thing standing between you and these proposed change…
Nov 15
RT @CIPPOttawa: Today is your last chance to tell the OMERS SC Board to vote NO! to the Proposed Pension Changes visit https://t.co/TigJZ7c
Nov 15
RT @torontolabour: Respect to the members of @iatse58 who stood strong for all these months to defend their contract. We were honoured to s…
Nov 14
Urgent: sign and share! https://t.co/hyQoh5X0FC to stop the cuts to your OMERS pension! The vote is taking place o… https://t.co/Jqb2OcTpZy
Nov 14
Another painful chapter for Longueuil library workers https://t.co/qwBPNYYUdd#longueuil @cupeont @4948Torontohttps://t.co/2JMW9gYP7u
Nov 07
Calgary Library Workers are awesome #NSCC2018 #LibraryWarriors @CUPEOntario#respect https://t.co/qW7ZjuZK9F
Nov 07
RT @fairwagesnow: VIDEO: Here's why #15andFairness is a way BETTER DEAL for #OnPoli's lowest paid workers, than Premier @fordnation's t…
Nov 06
Email your MPP - Fight for $15 and Fairness #NSCC2018@CUPEOntario⁩ Do it now #onpoli @4948toronto#15andFairness… https://t.co/bWqLIsrUVd
Nov 06
@FredHahnCUPE⁩ at #CUPE2018 with fiery address on the dangerous rise of right-wing populism built on hate +divisiv… https://t.co/xrdKYmgpvq
Nov 06
RT @bersonphoto: Excited @CUPEOntario members line-up for start of annual 4 day convention in Toronto #cupe2018 @cupenat#Toronto https://t
Nov 01
Artist Marta Minujín's awesome recreation of the Greek Parthenon constructed from banned books. Built on site of Na… https://t.co/u4iJKK0nRG
Oct 30
RT @cartwrightTO: Huge turnout at Toronto vigil for victims of #PittsburghSynagogueShooting Labour Council joined so many in our city to be…
Oct 30
RT @kristynwongtam: At Mel Lastman Square standing shoulder to shoulder with Torontonians in solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsb…
Oct 30
RT @m_layton: Toronto standing with Pittsburgh against hate #TogetherAgainstAntisemitism https://t.co/bjhgk0dXT1
Oct 19
#LibraryWarriors all across #onpoli celebrated Ont Lib Wk Oct 14-20 inviting the public to celebrate libaries + th… https://t.co/kXH5fQcmyd
Oct 19
RT @4948Warriors: Monday is Election Day! Go out and support @jen_keesmaat to be the next mayor of Toronto. Municipal elections matter. T…
Oct 15
RT @Brandon4948: It’s #CanadianLibraryMonth. Canadians are most avid readers in the world after Denmark. Continue to visit your local #lib
Oct 15
RT @4948Warriors: Library administrators not only undermine us but show little respect for the work we do. Staffless library case in point.…
Oct 15
Check out "Toronto Mayoral Forum on Affordable Housing and Homelessness" https://t.co/QzfrkttgOw@Eventbrite
Oct 11
RT @jen_keesmaat: The advance polls are officially open! Vote today until Sunday and help me build a Toronto that has better transit, more…
Oct 07
RT @4948Warriors: Our sleigh is full with loaded USB bracelets full of election info going out to Library Warriors @Local4948 across TO. Fo…
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Oct 04
RT @ElemTeachersTO: Live in Scarborough and have a free Saturday? Want to take action for real change instead of tweeting about it #ETT
Oct 04
RT @torontolabour#Election2018 is on OCTOBER 22 Labour Council endorsements for #Toronto & #YorkRegion - https://t.co/OKmLbzHKZj Downlo…
Oct 04
RT @CUPEOntario @FredHahnCUPE: "Bill 148 was brought in to protect the most vulnerable workers in our province. Scrapping it does more tha…
Oct 04
RT @wylie_alan: “Some libraries could be taken out of council hands and given to the community so they can be kept open without draining th…