CUPE Library Services workers ratify a new collective agreement

    SUDBURY, ON, Aug. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - On Thursday, August 21st, members of
local 4705 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) ratified a new
collective agreement with Ontario Library Services North (OLSN). The members
voted 100 per cent in favour of this settlement.
    Wyman MacKinnon, president of CUPE local 4705, was glad that discussions
finally came to a positive outcome. "This was a very difficult round of
bargaining" said MacKinnon. "Our people have been subjected to concessions for
the past twelve years. I'm glad the members stood together this time around
and that we were able to achieve a fair agreement."
    MacKinnon also added that the union gains would allow the staff to do
their job in a safe and efficient manner. "In this current round of
bargaining, we decided to make sure our members have the right tools for the
job, such as cellular phones and adequate vehicles. We were also able to
obtain pay increases in line with inflation and the rising cost of living, and
travel per diems that actually cover travelling expenses."

    The workers of CUPE local 4705 provide many valued services for libraries
and communities, including marketing, developing new revenues, technological
assistance and boosting purchasing power through pooling procurement, among
other services and expertise.

For further information:

For further information: Wyman MacKinnon, CUPE local 4705 president,
(705) 669-8526; Luc Tittley, CUPE communications, (416) 910-2389

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