Library workers threatened with lock-out



    Union suspends food for fines, pending labour board ruling

    VICTORIA, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - Greater Victoria Public Library workers
announced today that they will revert to previous job action of not collecting
fines, and will suspend the 'food for fines' action while their union awaits
the resolution of a Labour Relations Board complaint. CUPE 410, which
represents the library workers, also confirmed that it will not take action
closing all library branches on Monday, January 21 in protest of a member's
suspension.
    CUPE 410 president Ed Seedhouse said that the employer's threat to lock
out workers in response to the union filing an unfair labour practices
complaint against the library for suspending a CUPE member for waiving fines
for food is making matters worse.
    "We are frankly shocked at a January 18 letter
(http://www.cupe.bc.ca/files/board-lockoutletter-jan2008.pdf) from Christopher
Graham, Library Board chair, saying that the Board will take 'the steps
necessary for a lock out if union members do not stop waiving fines for food
donations," says Seedhouse.
    In response, CUPE 410 has suspended 'food for fines' until the LRB rules
on the unfair labour practices complaint. Seedhouse said they are confident
the decision will be in the union's favour.
    The union confirmed that an informal meeting to hear its complaint has
been scheduled for January 22 at 9:30 a.m. at the LRB offices in Vancouver.
Should that meeting fail to resolve the complaint, a formal hearing is
tentatively set for January 24 in Victoria.
    "It's important to remember why we're doing these actions - including
food for fines - is to put pressure on the employer to return to the
bargaining table and resolve the issue of pay equity once and for all," says
Seedhouse.





For further information:

For further information: Ed Seedhouse, CUPE 410 president: (250)
588-9565; Tammy Simonds, CUPE representative: (250) 812-7197; Dan Gawthrop,
CUPE Communications: (604) 999-6132

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