Community deserves expanded library services, but not at expense of workers, CUPE says



    MARKHAM, ON, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Library workers in Markham are more
than ready to provide expanded hours for library users, but only with proper
scheduling and compensation. With a potential strike or lockout looming
September 25, they are trying to settle a new collective agreement that
provides fair compensation for the extended work week.
    "The Markham Library Board wants to open all branches on Sundays," said
Lorne Trevors, CUPE National Representative on behalf of the 114 members of
CUPE 905. "That's good for the community but should not be done at the expense
of library workers who deserve a normal 'weekend' - at least two consecutive
days off - and premium pay for starting to work the day that the rest of their
family members have off."
    The union has requested a no-board report from the conciliator appointed
by the Ministry of Labour, setting the date for a strike or lockout beginning
September 25 if an agreement is not reached. The other key issue on the table
is benefits for part-time workers. Two dates have been set for negotiations to
take place before the deadline.
    "We hope management will recognize the need to adequately compensate
library workers for extended weekend hours and the time that will be taken
away from their own families while they improve service to the broader
community," Trevors said. "That is the best way to avoid a strike or lockout,
which will leave the community worse off."




For further information:

For further information: Lorne Trevors, CUPE National Representative,
(416) 271-6086; Pat Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 616-6142

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