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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May 21
RT @CUPEOntario: The BBQ/rally in solidarity with CUPE 1600 members at the Toronto Zoo was pure PANDAmonium! Visit the support page: https:…
May 21
RT @CUPEOntario: Amazing solidarity action for @cupe1600 today as their team heads back to the table this afternoon #fairdeal #ourTorontoZo
May 21
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a #FairContract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA0NEmb#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 21
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a #FairContract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA0NEmb#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 21
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a fair contract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA0NEmb#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 21
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a fair contract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA15fKL#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 21
Another question: who was TPL Board Chair during 2012 library strike who also ignored Torontonians' support for… https://t.co/1ENWpuicRb
May 21
RT @FredHahnCUPE @cllrainslie @cupe1600 @CUPEOntario I read your update - too bad it doesn't reflect reality - spending part of my Victori…
May 21
RT @dmrider: Zoo strike news - union, zoo met today. Zoo demanded more concessions, union said no, talks broke off so strike continues inde…
May 21
RT @CUPEOntario: Important update on the fight for #OurTorontoZoo -- Head to picket lines this weekend if you can :) Read more: https://t.c
May 20
RT @rogerbannisters: Hopes for a quick end to zoo strike dashed https://t.co/CBpsHXpMQC via @torontostar
May 20
RT @janeschmidt: Yesterday, I did more thinking about the next sacred cow I want to tackle. Calling out ineffectual literary philanthropy i…
May 20
RT @clpoolecotnam: Time 2 boost support for @cupe1600 after not reaching a deal at bargaining table yesterday. Picket lines are up this wee…
May 20
RT @CUPE129#OurTorontoZoo workers are amazing - support @cupe1600. Don't downsize @TheTorontoZoo. https://t.co/sQQ3RVuE2k
May 20
RT @CUPE9112#OurTorontoZoo workers of @cupe1600 were willing to compromise they will NOT agree to @theTorontoZoo concessions that threate…
May 20
RT @dmrider: That direction remains confidential but obvious from discussion board voted to not accept union's last offer; want more conces…
May 20
RT @dmrider: So it appears the @TheTorontoZoo will remain closed for the long weekend, no end of the strike in sight at the moment.
May 20
RT @dmrider: Without being able to reveal what that stance is, De Baeremaeker said zoo is "going to war" with its own staff and prolonging…
May 20
RT @tracey_at_5200: Workers who have job security prosper but so do the communities they live & spend in! I support Toronto Zoo Workers! @…
May 20
RT @Local4948: Friday #Solidarity picket @cupe1600#ourTorontoZoo #librarywarriors urge #topoli to ensure fair contract now @4948President
May 20
RT @Local4948#topoli Fairness *now* for @cupe1600#ourTorontoZoo workers @4948President @CUPEOntario @cllrainslie @JohnTory https://t.c
May 19
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a fair contract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA15fKL#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 19
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a fair contract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA0NEmb#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 19
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a #FairContract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA0NEmb#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 19
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE 1600 is on strike for a #FairContract. Visit the strike support page: https://t.co/Pd4GA0NEmb#OurTorontoZoo https://…
May 19
RT @CUPEOntario: Amazing solidarity action for @cupe1600 today as their team heads back to the table this afternoon #fairdeal #ourTorontoZo
May 19
RT @CUPEOntario: The BBQ/rally in solidarity with CUPE 1600 members at the Toronto Zoo was pure PANDAmonium! Visit the support page: https:…
May 19
RT @cupe1600: LISTEN HERE @cupe1600 prez Christine McKenzie tells @mattgallowaycbc what the #ourtorontozoo strike is all about https://t.c
May 19
RT @cupe1600: Toronto Zoo May 11-not taking away employee job security Toronto Zoo May 12-Imma say opposite of what I said yesterday #ourto
May 19
RT @Local4948#Solidarity @cupe1600 4948President @Brandon4948 @CUPEOntario @cupenat#ourTorontoZoo @CUPE2974 @Cupe1989 @Local4948#toront…
May 19
RT @Local4948#Solidarity #ourTorontoZoo @cupe1600 announce going back to bargaining table! Keep up the pressure @cllrainslie @4948Presi
May 19
RT @Local4948#Solidarity @CUPE1600! Huge support for wrkrs #OurTorontoZoo Back to barg table #topoli @cllrainslie @JohnTory @4948Preside
May 19
RT @Local4948#ourtorontozoo @cupe1600 @cupeont#topoli https://t.co/HXnrQmjw1l
May 19
RT @Local4948: Show solidarity with @cupe1600 buffalo-ing them on Twitter @4948President https://t.co/BOJp5k1MUf@CUPEOntario#ourTorontoZ…
May 18
Show solidarity with @cupe1600 buffalo-ing them on Twitter @4948President https://t.co/BOJp5k1MUf@CUPEOntariohttps://t.co/AtnxgsnCZX
May 18
#Solidarity @CUPE1600! Huge support for wrkrs #OurTorontoZoo Back to barg table #topoli @cllrainslie @JohnToryhttps://t.co/dNigoC983C
May 18
#Solidarity #ourTorontoZoo @cupe1600 announce going back to bargaining table! Keep up the pressure @cllrainsliehttps://t.co/A8iOIWX3AY
May 18
RT @cupe1600: LISTEN HERE @cupe1600 prez Christine McKenzie tells @mattgallowaycbc what the #ourtorontozoo strike is all about https://t.c
May 18
RT @cupe1600: Toronto Zoo May 11-not taking away employee job security Toronto Zoo May 12-Imma say opposite of what I said yesterday #ourto
May 18
You otter be coming out to support Local 1600 today 11 am for solidarity picket + BBQ @4948President @CUPEOntariohttps://t.co/ftWOWAPgiq
May 17
RT @kristynwongtam: May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia #MessageOfTheDay https://t.co/Ke1qwBjreN
May 17
RT @CUPEOntario: Don't forget to join us this Thursday for a solidarity BBQ/Rally with Toronto Zoo workers #OurTorontoZoo RSVP: https://t.
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May 17
RT @OFLabour: Show Zoo workers some Solidarity: Thurs May 18, 11am - 1pm at the main Zoo entrance off Meadowvale.@CUPEOntario https://t.co/