Tuesday, June 3, 2014

CUPE Sponsors Session at CLA Conference

During the recent Canadian Library Association Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, CUPE sponsored a panel session on "The Impacts of Precarious Work in Canada's Libraries". Speakers included Maureen O'Reilly, president of Toronto Public Library Workers Unions (CUPE 4948), Dawn Lahey, president of CUPE Local 2329, and Dr. Marlea Clarke from the University of Victoria. From CUPE's website:
“Our jobs are being more and more de-professionalized,” said O’Reilly. “There is less staff, and it reduces directly the ability to deliver quality services to the public. We must not let library jobs become ‘McJobs’. Right now, library workers are precarious workers, and we work in precarious workplaces. We need to change this. It is ridiculous to think you can have good libraries without good, stable, professional library workers.”

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