Essex County Library Workers on the picket line

Essex, ON – A new poll conducted by Environics, to be released at a media briefing on Tuesday, shows that two thirds of the people in Essex County believe the mayors who sit on the county council are doing a poor job of handling the area’s library strike.

“The people in Essex County care about their libraries and know they can count on the workers who are there to help them with whatever they need,” says Fred Hahn, president of CUPE Ontario. “This polling by Environics shows that voters across all the counties are fed up with how the mayors have handled this entire situation. It’s time for them to step up and fix it before they lose more votes.”

“We are so grateful for the support we have been receiving from the public,” says Lori Wightman, one of the library workers who are still out on strike. “It feels like we’re being targeted because they think no one will notice or care. We will continue to stand strong against this unfair treatment, but being on strike for more than two months is hard. It’s not just the workers that are suffering – residents want their libraries reopened.”

WHO: CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and Lori Wightman, spokesperson for Essex County library workers
WHAT: Media briefing on new poll by Environics
WHEN: Tuesday, August 30 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: CUPE Area office and foodbank, 94 Talbot St. N, Essex

CUPE is Ontario’s community union, with more than 260,000 members providing quality public services we all rely on, in every part of the province, every day. CUPE Ontario members are proud to work in social services, health care, municipalities, school boards, universities and airlines.


For more information contact:
Sarah Jordison, CUPE Communications, 416-578-5638