Library workers to protest 'out to lunch' GVLRA policy



    Pay equity campaign continues with noon-hour shut down of all branches,
    to begin today

    VICTORIA, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - The Greater Victoria Labour Relations
Association (GVLRA) is out to lunch on pay equity issues, says the union
representing Victoria's library workers - so those workers are sitting out the
noon hour in protest.
    Beginning today and until further notice, most members of CUPE 410 will
be taking their lunch hour at the same time, resulting in the closure of all 9
branches between 12 noon and 1 pm. Services to the public will not be
available during this time.
    "This action is not about 'not working', but about showing our employer,
and the GVLRA through which it bargains, that library workers are united in
our demand for what we were promised," says CUPE 410 president Ed Seedhouse.
    "There will be no picketing involved. By taking a common lunch hour,
we're telling the GVLRA that they are totally wrong about pay equity and that
they need to get their facts straight."
    Recent media reports have quoted the GVLRA and its chief negotiator, Ron
Brunsdon, as saying that "pay equity" was dealt with years ago and that
library workers are now saying they want to be paid the same as City workers
doing other jobs. In fact, says Seedhouse, library workers are not seeking
anything new.
    "The comparison between library wages and those of the City of Victoria
was established 15 years ago, in a pay equity agreement reached between CUPE
Local 410 and the GVLRA on September 16, 1992," Seedhouse wrote in a letter
sent to the GVLRA.
    "That agreement was signed by the current Chief Negotiator for the GVLRA,
Mr. Ron Brunsdon. In that agreement it clearly states, 'It is understood that
positions in the Library which are equivalent to positions in the City of
Victoria shall be compared for the purposes of Job Evaluation and Pay
Equity.'"





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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