Thursday, April 28, 2016

Raises for Taunton Public Library Workers

Workers at Taunton Public Library will receive wage increases after a review found their wages were much lower than those of workers at comparable libraries nearby, with the differences ranging from 22% to 26%. Beginning with their new contract that takes effect July 1, library workers will receive incremental pay increases that will, over time, bring their salaries more in line with those of library workers in nearby communities.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Contract for Castlegar Library Workers

Library workers at Castlegar & District Public Library have a new four-year contract retroactive to January 2015 that includes wage increases and improved benefits. The library workers are represented by CUPE 2262.

Pay Equity Payout for Peterborough Public Library Workers

Women workers at Peterborough Public Library are set to receive a payout totaling $845,400 in a pay equity settlement after the completion of a review comparing their wages to those of men in male-dominated jobs with the city. The library workers are represented by CUPE Local 1833.

A Portrait of Failure - Union Report on Australia's Cultural Institutions

Australia's Community and Public Sector Union has released a report detailing the effects of budget cuts on libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions. The full report, titled "A Portrait of Failure: Ongoing Funding Cuts to Australia's Cultural Institutions", can be viewed on the union's website. The budget cuts have negatively impacted digitization projects, staffing levels, opening hours, and exhibitions. In the accompanying press release, the deputy secretary of the union said:
“The people who work in these institutions are dedicated to carefully searching out, preserving, nurturing and displaying the very best of us. Whether it is our fine art or our comic relief, our iconic films or our oral history, our war memories or our family ancestry, we all need our cultural institutions to continue preserving our past and protecting our cultural heritage.”

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Toronto Library Workers Request No Board Report

Toronto Public Library Workers Union (CUPE Local 4948) has requested a no board report with the Ontario Labour Ministry after failing to come to an agreement on a new contract with the library board. The library workers may soon be in a strike position.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Read-In At Toronto Reference Library

Members of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union (CUPE Local 4948) held a read-in at the Toronto Reference Library earlier this week. Authors, library patrons and library supporters also participated in the event. The union is currently in negotiations with the library board. One of the most pressing issues facing workers in the Toronto library system is the high rate of precarious employees.

New Contract for Library Workers in Mahoning County

Librarians and library assistants at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County have a new four year contract that includes bonuses and wage increases. Other library employees, including clerical and maintenance staff, are represented by a separate bargaining unit and are still in negotiations with the library administration.