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Library Workers

Toronto Public Library Workers call strike after Library Board fails to offer fair deal

More than 2,300 employees of the Toronto Public Library are off the job after the negotiators for the Library Board continued their aggressive attack on workers’ job security.

The negotiations had continued past a midnight strike deadline, but in the end the Library Board failed to relent on its demands for concessions, and the union bargaining committee had little choice but to call a strike.

Maureen O’Reilly, president of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union, Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4948, said the union had bargained hard to seek assurances that conditions would not get worse for library workers and lead to a further decrease in the quality of service. The Board’s position on job security would set the stage for further cuts to staff, on top of the 107 positions lost in the 2012 budget. According to O’Reilly, further cuts to staff would lead to possible branch closures.

Picketing Locations:

Library Name Address Date & Time
Albion Library 515 Albion Rd. M-F: 9-4:30

Sat: 9-4:30 

Fairview Library 35 Fairview Mall Dr. M-F 9:30-8:30

Sat: 9:30-5 

Northern Library 40 Orchard View Blvd. M-F: 8-3:30

Sat: 9-4:30 

Cedarbrae Library 545 Markham Rd. M-F: 9-8

Sat: 9-4:30 

North York Central Library 5120 Yonge St. M-F: 8-7

Sat: 9-4:30 

Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge St. M-F: 8-8:30

Sat: 9-4:30

Sun: 1-5 

City Hall 100 Queen St. W. M-F: 8-3:30

Sat: 9-4:30 

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