The Essex Public Library Workers, Local 2974, have been out on strike since June 25, 2016. This is threatening to become the worst public library strike in Canadian history.
The Toronto Public Library Workers stand united with the small band of 58 library workers who are up against an unfair employer.
All the public libraries in Essex County have been closed since June 25.
The Toronto Public Library Workers Union Local 4948 will be heading out to Essex County on November 26 to deliver donations to Local 2974's food bank. Workers in our Toronto branches are happy to help.
If you would like to see what you can do to help support these library workers, click here.
The Toronto Public Library Workers Local 4948 joined the Toronto Labour Team at the CN Tower Climb last Sunday to raise money for the United Way.
From Left to Right: Mad Mo' and Company: Brandon Haynes, Emma Lee, Maureen O'Reilly and Gobi Sooriyakumar
Workers from the Toronto Public Library, members of CUPE 4948, celebrated Ontario Public Library Week with sweet treats and a message that great libraries have great patrons and great people working for them.“
"It’s always great to see how much people in Toronto love their libraries and today is no exception,” said CUPE 4948 Executive Board member Mary Bissell.
Library workers handed out candy treats, postcards and buttons at the Toronto Reference Library to commemorate Public Library Week, which began October 16 and runs until October 22.
Since its inception in 1883, Toronto’s libraries have grown into North America’s most well-used library system, serving millions at 100 neighbourhood branches across the city.
Since 1985, Public Library Week has highlighted the vital contributions that public libraries make towards enhancing the quality of life for all residents. Across Ontario, CUPE library workers are marking the week with celebrations scheduled in 16 different communities.
In addition to celebrating the contributions libraries and library workers make to their communities, Public Library Week provides an opportunity to discuss the importance of ensuring libraries and library workers have the resources and tools to best serve their communities, while providing important services and good jobs.
“Libraries make our communities better places to live in, and that’s cause for celebration in and of itself,” said CUPE 4948 President Maureen O’Reilly who also chairs CUPE Ontario’s Library Workers Committee.
“But while we’re celebrating the libraries in our communities, it’s also important to pay tribute to the thousands of people across the province who work every day to make our libraries great,” she added.
The rain didn't stop thousands of citizens attending the Rally for Decent Work at Queen's Park on October 1. Thanks to Toronto Public Library Workers Brandon Haynes and Emma Lee for their work with the Make it Fair campain - library workers from the Toronto Public Library and from libraries across Ontario were out in full force, wearing their "Library Warrior" t-shirts. Continue to follow this campaign to raise the standards for all working people in Ontario - particularly with precarious work and the need to changes to the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. Follow Make it Fair on Facebook at @MakeItFair.OFL Follow the 15 and Fairness campaign on Twitter @betterwagesnow.
The Toronto Public Library Workers Union participated in another successful Word on the Street Festival. Our library worker volunteers at Booth 435 were very busy. Our 2016 "All the Carnegie Libraries" totebag and t-shirt, designed by the Urban Geographer, Daniel Rotsztain were a massive hit. Our Toronto Public LIbrary Worker baby onesie proved very popular for little readers hot-off-the-press! And the winner of our Grand Prize will be announced in early November - the lucky winner will join Margaret Atwood for lunch! Thank you to Margaret Atwood, Daniel Rotsztain and all the library worker volunteers who worked to make our booth a success. See you next year!
How ‘bout lunch?
Two lucky readers will lunch with the fabulous Margaret Atwood.
Two entrants will be drawn at random to win a private lunch with Margaret Atwood.
The draw will take place after the Word on the Street Festival on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto (booth #435).
Winners will be notified by email and the lunch will take place November 29th.
Click here for full details on how to enter.
And make sure you visit us at Booth 435 at the Toronto Word on the Street Festival on Sunday, September 25 at Harbourfront Centre. The Toronto Public Library Workers are looking forward once again to this annual event - hope to see you there!
Always a steadfast supporter of public libraries, Margaret Atwood is helping with a project in Kentville, Nova Scotia to establish Killam Corner, a collection and space devoted to youth in the community. Please consider contributing to this worthy public library initiative. Click here for more information.