VICTORIA, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - Nellie McClung was a passionate crusader for
equality, and that's one reason Greater Victoria Public Library workers are
shutting down all branches - beginning with what would have been the legendary
women's rights activist's 134th birthday today.
"If Nellie were alive today and saw how the City of Victoria treats its
library workers, most of whom are women, she would raise bloody hell," says
CUPE 410 president Ed Seedhouse, noting that one of the library's Saanich
branches is named for McClung.
In a continuing effort to achieve a fair contract with pay equity, CUPE
410 members will shut down all nine GVPL branches today, tomorrow and Monday.
Picketing will take place today and tomorrow, and on Monday the union will
hold the official opening of its strike headquarters at 1609 Blanshard Street
(2 p.m. until 6 p.m.).
That will be followed by a peaceful appearance at Oak Bay council's
regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. The library workers will return to work on
To celebrate Nellie McClung's birthday today, CUPE 410 members will be
handing out birthday cake instead of books.
For further information: Contact: Ed Seedhouse, CUPE 410 president:
(250) 588-9565; Tammy Simonds, CUPE representative: (250) 812-7197; Dan
Gawthrop, CUPE Communications: (604) 999-6132