Library contract talks break off, union to seek mediation

    VANCOUVER, June 6 /CNW/ - Contract talks broke off today between the
Vancouver Public Library and CUPE 391, which represents 790 members who work
at VPL's 22 branches. The union announced it is filing for mediation.
    "At this stage, the two parties disagree on most issues and the talks are
going nowhere, so there's really no point continuing in this venue," said CUPE
391 president Alex Youngberg.
    "We as a union need to take the next step to get a collective agreement,
and mediation will hopefully give us the kickstart we need to get this
bargaining process moving."
    Youngberg said that CUPE 391 will consult with its members to reinforce
the union's bargaining proposals and priorities. The possibility of a strike
vote will be discussed at a meeting next Tuesday.
    Today's developments come in the wake of last week's decision by the VPL
board to shut down the in-house bindery at the library's Central branch,
despite submissions to the board that demonstrated its cost-effectiveness.
    CUPE 391 has begun a public awareness campaign on the bindery in a bid to
reverse the board's decision.


For further information:

For further information: Alex Youngberg, CUPE 391 president, (604)
322-4879 (office), (604) 908-6095 (cell); Dan Gawthrop, CUPE Communications
(604) 999-6132

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