Brampton Library Workers Demand Fair Deal

    BRAMPTON, ON, July 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Library workers, members of the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local 1776, with the Brampton Public
Library are currently in negotiations for a new collective agreement and are
working towards a deal that will ensure union employees will continue to
provide excellent service to the citizens of Brampton.
    "Our members have been without a contract since April 1 and we're now
down to the last four days of bargaining," said Vee Papadimos, president of
CUPE local 1776.
    "We want to continue on the job and provide the citizens of Brampton the
services of their public library system. We are dedicated to negotiating in
good faith and have expectations that we will be able to reach a fair
collective agreement."
    A major concern is the erosion of the bargaining unit while the number of
non-union staff is increasing. High paid management workers are doing the work
of bargaining unit members.
    Although the library has bargaining dates scheduled to the end of the
week, Local 1776 is committed to continue to bargain in good faith in order to
be able to provide the citizens of Brampton with excellent library service.

    CUPE local 1776 has 129 members working at four main and two satellite
library locations.

For further information:

For further information: Vee Papadimos, president, CUPE local 1776,
(416) 388-3929; Bobby Nand, CUPE National Representative, (905) 568-4664

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