Five members of CUPE 2254 were locked out of the Grand Forks BC Public Library on January 20 and have been on the picket line ever since. At issue is an attempt by the library board and its’ high-priced “consultant” to gut a collective agreement developed over 15 years of good faith bargaining. Under attack is seniority, promotion, job classification, vacations, hours of work, and job security.
Canadian Union of Public Employees (BC Division) president Barry O’Neill will be joined by BC Federation of Labour secretary-treasurer Angie Schira and CUPE BC vice president Bev LaPointe in support of the library workers.
O’Neill says CUPE is proud of the resolve of the CUPE 2254 members holding their ground to protect their rights. “They have sent a clear message that libraries are the cornerstone for communities all across this province. Those who work there are well aware of that, however these workers have shown that they will not be bullied into giving up on gains that have been fairly negotiated over the years.”
“Make no mistake, these workers are not alone —they are supported by the 80,000 CUPE members in B.C. and by CUPE members across Canada. We are coming to Grand Forks to show our unflagging solidarity with these five workers,” O’Neill said.
WHAT: Support rally for library workers
WHEN: 12 Noon, Saturday, February 21
WHERE: Outside the public library at 7342 Fifth Street, Grand Forks