Open Toronto libraries on Sunday immediately, civic employees union says



    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Toronto public libraries should re-open
on Sundays starting next week, says the Toronto Civic Employees Union
following an arbitrator's ruling that the closings violated their collective
agreement.
    "The library board acted hastily when they decided to close libraries as
part of the City's cost containment initiative," said Brian Cochrane,
president of CUPE 416. The union grieved the decision because it violated a
condition of the collective agreement that prohibits reductions in hours,
which are set months in advance.
    "This is a great example of the way that our collective agreement can
serve not only the interests of City workers but also the interests of the
wider community," Cochrane said. "Our community needs its libraries."
    The library board should consult its staff, through their union, about
effective ways to save money rather than making hasty decisions that end up in
costly arbitration, he said.
    "In the meantime, the board should decide at its meeting tonight to
immediately resume Sunday openings and give our community access to their
public libraries."




For further information:

For further information: Brian Cochrane, President, CUPE 416, (416)
562-2543; Pat Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 616-6142

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