CUPE 410 suspends Internet service at all GVPL branches

    Union says employer avoiding the issue by rejecting arbitration on pay
    equity levels

    VICTORIA, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - In the latest of a series of job actions aimed
at achieving a fair contract with pay equity, CUPE 410 this morning suspended
indefinitely Internet service for library patrons at all 10 branches of the
Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL).
    The action comes as the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association
(GVLRA) appears on the verge of rejecting arbitration as a solution to the pay
equity issue.
    On Wednesday, CUPE 410 president Ed Seedhouse wrote to GVLRA chief
negotiator Ron Brunsden, advising him that the union would seek an
arbitrator's decision on whether pay equity levels had been reached for
library jobs equivalent to City of Victoria jobs.
    Yesterday, Brunsden replied that he would recommend to GVLRA directors
"that the collective bargaining process as set out in the Labour Code be
respected and followed - not arbitration."
    Seedhouse said that Brunsden is avoiding the key issue of this dispute.
    "The GVLRA knows its position on pay equity cannot stand up to rational
scrutiny and is transparently uninterested in reason or fairness," he said.
    "Instead, it is seeking to perpetuate discrimination against a group of
women workers it perceives as being weak and isolated, and it's trying to
bully library workers into surrender. That will never happen."

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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