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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RT @CBCCanada#BoycottSearsCanada: Retailer faces 'PR nightmare' over treatment of laid-off workers https://t.co/uCMAItB2AJ https://t.co/X
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RT @Annie5167: Glad to have the opportunity to speak about 15 and emergency leave days https://t.co/xBWzekoXN3
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RT @archpics: The majestic Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library’s main building at 42nd St and 5. Avenue reopened after a two-y…
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RT @4948President: Check out g8 video fr our teachers: Encourage and Enable Acceptance – Addressing Islamophobia in the ... https://t.co/M9
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RT @4948President: Check out these videos from Race Forward Stronger Together Than We Are Apart, The New Race Forward https://t.co/eCkENthz
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RT @4948President: Another great video featuring labour fightbackToronto's anti-Muslim protest goes bust https://t.co/hUQb1U6iC2@local4948
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RT @PFrache: OMG! During #bill148 hearings @eastsidemarios calls for min wage to be cut in HALF for servers. CEO has stock options worth $…
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RT @abrarissi: Spread the word + let's strengthen council together #CityofTO #WomenWinTO: training future candidates to improve #TOpoli's…
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RT @CUPEOntario @FredHahnCUPE tells the Wynne government to expand card check & eliminate employers' ability to scare workers out of union…
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Unfortunately sounds all too familiar @Local4948 https://t.co/YpBKtYMPkm
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RT @fairwagesnow.@CUPEOntario Pres deputes in favor of #Bill148, and urges for amendments to ensure 7 paid leave days, access to unioniza…
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RT @CUPEOntario: "We want the sick time in #Bill148 to be changed from 2 to 7 paid sick days 4 folks working 35 hrs/week 50 weeks of the ye…
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RT @LibrarianshipCA: Etobicoke's @torontolibrary Albion Library embraces changing urban landscape https://t.co/2tNH5ykzb8 https://t.co/8tLl
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RT @Labour_CS#Didyouknow #LearntoUnlearn Extremism can occur anywhere, even #Canada. https://t.co/mLoShQ4dQq
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Another great video featuring labour fightbackToronto's anti-Muslim protest goes bust https://t.co/hUQb1U6iC2@local4948 @torontolabour
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Check out g8 video fr our teachers: Encourage and Enable Acceptance – Addressing Islamophobia in the ... https://t.co/M9DqKfmuaF@local4948
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Check out these videos from Race Forward Stronger Together Than We Are Apart, The New Race Forward https://t.co/eCkENthzHJ via @local4948
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RT @Staffourlibrary: Public libraries are for everyone! If you agree let your political representatives know. Staffless libraries are... ht…
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RT @Local4948: Outrage Continues Following the Toronto Public Library's Decision to Allow Gathering of Neo-Nazis @4948President https://t
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Outrage Continues Following the Toronto Public Library's Decision to Allow Gathering of Neo-Nazis @4948President https://t.co/JKN2UhZeG5
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RT @wylie_alan: It appears that another service is looking at putting cash donation boxes in its libraries, see my take on this; https://t.
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RT @wylie_alan: Lancashire Labour close libraries, Lancashire Tories reopen them but hand some to volunteers! I pity the staff & users.
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RT @Local4948 @4948President Maureen O'Reilly @torontolibrary decision to allow event was an insult to the public https://t.co/0YPf3RgdYU
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RT @BernieFarber: Kudos to @Local4948 they have more sense than entire Board of @torontolibrary At least the Local is trying to speak up fo…
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RT @JamesPasternak: For @torontolibrary to stand behind the Charter when there are hate laws in place and a strict anti-discrimination poli…
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RT @goldsbie: The Toronto Public Library is surprisingly okay with playing host to a neo-Nazi meeting: https://t.co/oTnCPCmBNT https://t.co
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RT @RheaTregebov: Toronto Public Library Refusing to Cancel Planned Neo-Nazi Gathering - https://t.co/eKixE7qxCg
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How sad that this is the picture now associated with our beloved library https://t.co/caMJXdHS7J@local4948
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RT @Local4948 @Torontolibrary venue used for event for Canada's far-right extremists https://t.co/soMDWqbwuw extremists.html @4948Presiden
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RT @nccm: It is unacceptable neoNazis are speaking at @Torontolibrary. Hate has no place in our public spaces @torontolibrary @JohnTory @C
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RT @kristynwongtam: My email to TPL tonight. They'll monitor closely + take action if necessary. Staff + police in place. They're ready. ht…
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RT @nigelbme: Neo-Nazis plan to use @torontolibrary facilities tomorrow. Please contact @JohnTory to demand public library not be used for…
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RT @JoshMatlow: The @torontolibrary should never be a place where neo-nazis host events or meetings. Hate has no place in Toronto. https://…
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RT @kristynwongtam @torontolibrary should cancel the booking for neo-Nazi gathering. White supremacists, holocaust deniers not welcome. ht…
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RT @joe_cressy: Anti-semitism and hate has no place in our libraries, our schools, our streets, and our City. https://t.co/yxanRWRSs2
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RT @Local4948: Libraries are safe spaces not hate spaces. TPL should reconsider its decision re: Elizabeth Kulaszka event https://t.co/HmsB
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RT @Local4948 @TorontoLibrary should reconsider its decision. https://t.co/Mfaul5JZ4l#topoli #notohate @CUPEOntario @Cupe1989 @CUPE2974
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RT @Local4948 @Torontolibrary refuses to cancel controversial memorial despite requests from mayor, councillors #topoli https://t.co/LLbqw
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RT @Local4948 @Toronto Public Library Refusing to Cancel Planned Neo-Nazi Gathering - https://t.co/YzzuX18Sjh@cupeontario @4948President