CUPE 410 to suspend library programs, resume job action

    Union president says City negotiator Brunsdon misleading taxpayers on pay
    equity issue

    VICTORIA, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - The union representing public library workers in
Greater Victoria is continuing its job action and preparing to cancel various
library programs while its members seek a fair contract that addresses pay
equity, CUPE 410 president Ed Seedhouse said today.
    "CUPE 410 will abide by the results of binding arbitration to determine
whether or not pay equity has in fact been addressed by the current pay
structure," said Seedhouse, "but we're certainly not going to abide by the
employer's current views on pay equity."
    Seedhouse was referring to comments by the Greater Victoria Public
Library's chief negotiator Ron Brunsdon, published in today's edition of the
Times Colonist, that the union is "putting a spin on" the pay equity issue "to
attract public sympathy and support" during bargaining and that it is making
false comparisons between job classifications.
    "Mr. Brunsdon is unwilling to acknowledge what is plain for all to see -
that there is a significant wage gap - 20 to 30 per cent, in some cases -
between equivalent jobs in the City and the Library, and that this disparity
mostly affects women," said Seedhouse.
    "The job evaluation comparisons have been done, as required by the 1992
memorandum of agreement, and pay equity was promised for all equivalent
    CUPE 410 resumed job action for four hours today, with most branches
stopping work at 11 a.m. and Central branch workers stopping at noon.
    Seedhouse said that various library programs will be cancelled
indefinitely. These include all early literacy story times, family drop-ins
and preschooler reading programs, story clubs, all national science and
technology week programs, Halloween events, class and school visits, and
outreach presentations. The Esquimalt Story Fest, which is mostly sponsored by
the local recreation centre, will proceed as scheduled.
    Cancelled adult programs include alternative health, Chinese medicine and
sport, book talks and author readings, sessions on investments, wills and
estates, continuing education programs, Camosun College career development and
a wide variety of adult computer education courses taught by librarians.


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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