Toronto Public Library Workers Union

TPLWU strongly believes in connecting with the community and spreading the word about the importance of libraries, literacy and social justice. 

Click on the images below to view a selection of past presentations:  

Image Deputation Oct 23 2017

Library Workers: Our Issues

A presentation by the Toronto Public Library Workers Union

October 23, 2017

TYRLC Leadership Institute March 2015 re TPLWUCampaign

Presentation to the TYRLC Leadership Institute

President Maureen O'Reilly talks about the success
of the 2011/2012 Fight Back Campaign.

Saturday, March 28, 2015.

 ETFO womens conference

ETFO launched its 2015 …and still we rise
conference with a dinner to celebrate the
amazing union leadership by women in the
education sector and across the labour movement.

This video was used to introduce these
leaders to conference delegates.


Controversies in Working-Class
Consciousness: Ford Nation
v. the Toronto Left

Maureen O'Reilly delivers speech at York University

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

OLA Presentation January2015 PrecariousWork

Presentation to Ontario Library Association

"Library Workers and Precarious Work"

January 2015

CALM Presentation November2014

Presentation to Canadian Association
of Labour Media

A presentation by Maureen O'Reilly about TPLWU's
campaign strategies

November 8, 2014


Forging Solidarity

An Event sponsored by the Council of Canadians.

Maureen gave a presentation on the
barriers to secure employment faced
by women and youth in the librarian
profession, and by extension elsewhere
in the economy.

She was part of a panel that included
Andrea Furlong, Jojo Geronimo and Tom

Hamilton, October 3-5, 2014




As the opening keynote speaker,
Maureen gives a presentation to
the Atlantic Provinces Library

Moncton, June 3-4, 2014

2014 OALT Conference Program

41st annual conference of the Ontario
Association of Library Technicians (OALT)

Kingston, May 1, 2014


Community Services and Your Rights
at Work

Sponsored by Unifor

Maureen gives a presentation on
precarious work, particularly in
respect to women and youth.

Toronto, March 27, 2014


Strengthening our Voices: A Political
Primer for Library Workers

Maureen delivers a speech at the2014
Ontario Municipal Library Workers

Richmond Hill, March 25-26, 2014

 Presentation to UASLIS---March-2014

Labor Relations, The Role of Unions &
Public Libraries

Presentation to the University of
Alberta’s School of Library and
Information Science

March 17, 2014


Dollars & Sense

CUPE Ontario’s first ever Secretary-
Treasurers Conference

Maureen was a panelist on the Saturday
discussion. Others involved were Fred
Hahn as Moderator, Charles Fleury and
Candace Rennick

Panel discussed Political Activism
and Members’ Dues

Richmond Hill, January 22-25, 2014

Presentation TPLB EmployeeLabourRelations H n S

Presentation to the Toronto Public Library 
Board Employee and Labour Relations

September 12, 2013


Social Service Workers' Conference 2013
Transcript of Maureen O'Reilly's speech

Sheraton, Toronto, March 22, 2013

 Presentation TPLB EmployeeLabourRelations

Presentation to the Toronto Public Library
Board Employee and Labour Relations

April 8, 2013


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RT @torontolabour: If you haven't seen it yet, here is a joint statement from all City of #Toronto unions on their commitment to public ser…
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RT @CUPEOntario: On Friday, March 13 Whitby announced that it would lay off 210 part-time workers in response to COVID-19. Send them a mes…
Mar 23
RT @torontolabour: An important message from our frontline heroes working at the City of Toronto. Thank you so much!
Mar 21
RT @JILLSLASTWORD: Good morning everyone. I cannot stress the importance of social distancing. We CAN go outside for fresh air but please a…
Mar 21
RT @wylie_alan: If you’re a library worker and being forced by your management/council to work in one of the many libraries still open then…
Mar 21
RT @wylie_alan: I’ve heard lots of stories of library workers who haven’t got basic protection like gloves, gel etc. This is basic health &…
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RT @wylie_alan: This a public service announcement to all Councils; CLOSE YOUR LIBRARIES NOW! Library Workers are not martyrs #coronavirus
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RT @wylie_alan: When I heard earlier on that my service was closing ALL of its libraries from today I sighed a huge sigh of relief for all…
Mar 21
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Mar 21
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Mar 21
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Mar 20
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Mar 20
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Mar 20
RT @CUPEOntario: MEDIA RELEASE: Job protection is the first step; income support is the second—CUPE Ontario responds to the passage of legi…
Mar 19
RT @CUPEOntario: MEDIA RELEASE: “Workers must be paid!” CUPE Ontario calls on Ford to top up employment insurance now @fordnation#onpol…
Mar 19
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE Ontario is calling on the provincial government to ask employers to keep workers on the payroll over the course of th…
Mar 19
Library Workers support this campaign “Workers must be paid!” CUPE Ontario calls on Ford to top up employment insur…
Mar 18
Thank you to all the @Local4948#LibraryWorkers who reached out - your union continues to be available remotely. L…
Mar 14
RT @cupelocal79: A tentative deal has been reached. CUPE Local 79 and the City Of Toronto have reached a tentative agreement and avoided a…
Mar 11
RT @cupelocal79: Thank you to Toronto’s incredible public library workers of @Local4948 for this beautiful show of solidarity. We are so to…
Mar 09
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Mar 09
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Mar 08
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Mar 08
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Mar 08
RT @CUPEOntario: CUPE Early Childhood Educators lead our contingent at the Toronto International Women’s Day March 2020 #IWD2020 https://t
Mar 05
TO #LibraryWorkers join Ontario’s education workers on the huge picket line at Queen’s Park #Solidarity @osstf
Mar 05
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Mar 05
RT @CUPEOntario: Solidarity town hall call for our members in Toronto with @cupelocal79. We’re also joined by leaders from @Local4948 and @…
Mar 04
Low morale, burnout, precarious work: Gig Librarianship | Editorial | Library Journal@4948president⁩ ⁦…
Feb 29
Congratulations to@Local416⁩ City, outside workers’ union reach tentative agreement shortly before midnight deadl…
Feb 29
RT @Local416 @cityoftoronto A labour disruption between @local416 and @cityoftoronto has been avoided. City services, including City-owned…
Feb 29
RT @Local416: After 6 months of bargaining @local416 and @cityoftoronto have reached a tentative agreement and avoided a labour disruption.…
Feb 27
Three Toronto city locals are in bargaining fighting for a fair contract + protecting public services…