Friday, July 22, 2016

Tentative Agreement Reached for Mississauga Library Workers

A tentative agreement has been reached between CUPE Local 1989, the union representing library workers in Mississauga, and the city. Details of the agreement won't be available until it is ratified. The workers have been on strike since July 4.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Looking for New Blog Editor

PLG is looking for a new editor for the Union Library Workers blog. If you are interested in contributing to this record of union activity in the information sector, please contact Sarah Barriage.

Union Library Workers blog was established in 2002 by Kathleen de la Pena McCook. Past contributors include Braden Cannon and Joanna Kerr. The posts on this blog inform the annual reviews of union activity published in the Progressive Librarian journal.

More details on the PLG website.

Friday, July 8, 2016

CUPE Shows Support for Striking Library Workers in Ontario

Striking library workers in Ontario received support from the provincial and national levels of the Canadian Union of Public Employees this week. CUPE officials attended a rally in support of workers at the Essex County Library system, who are members of CUPE Local 2974, as well as a solidarity barbecue for workers at Mississauga Library System, members of CUPE Local 1989. The president of CUPE Local 1989 said: 
"Knowing we have such tremendous support from our community allies and from CUPE Ontario and CUPE National is nothing short of amazing for us."
Essex library workers have been on strike since June 25. Workers from Mississauga began striking on July 4.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Plymouth Library Workers Protest Glass Ceiling

Library workers at Plymouth Public Library have been handing out pamphlets and wearing buttons that read "End the Glass Ceiling: Library Staff are Town Employees Too". The pamphlets additionally state the following:
“As a predominantly female group, we believe we are being discriminated against on the basis of gender through the town’s refusal to provide wages and benefits that are provided by it to predominantly male and mixed gender employee groups.”
The union has pointed out that positions at the library that require a university education pay less than positions elsewhere with the city that require a high school diploma only. Contract negotiations between the union and city administration are ongoing.

Greenwich Library Workers Stage 48-Hour Strike

The planned cancellation of a mobile book service has prompted Greenwich library workers to strike for 48 hours this week. Over the last year, the mobile book service delivered 33,000 books to area children at schools and child-care centers. A Unite official said:
Literacy is a fundamental human right and anything that erodes that life chance should be strongly opposed. Good reading skills are the key to decent employment in adulthood – so the blinkered actions of the council need to be condemned.

Library Workers in Ireland Vote on Industrial Action

Library workers in twelve counties in Ireland were asked to vote on industrial action after plans were announced to amalgamate library services. IMPACT, the union representing the library workers, has stated that the workers and other relevant officials were not properly consulted about the plans, which could leave some counties without a librarian and force workers to travel long distances to get to their new workplace. In total, 87% of the library workers voted in favor of industrial action. The affected counties include: Carlow, Cavan, Cork City, Cork County, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Mississauga Library Workers on Strike

Library workers in Mississauga, ON are on strike, closing all 18 library branches. The workers are represented by CUPE Local 1989.