Library workers walk out, offer patrons "food for fines"

    VICTORIA, BC, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - Greater Victoria library workers have shut
down all nine library branches and put up picket lines around the Central
Branch in order to draw attention to their ongoing dispute with the Greater
Victoria Labour Relations Association (GVLRA).
    "The GVLRA has refused to negotiate even one penny towards funding pay
equity for Victoria library workers, who are predominately female and continue
to experience wage discrimination," said Ed Seedhouse, president of CUPE Local
410. "This is a major step backwards for fairness, given that, for the last 15
years, our employer provided over 7 per cent towards the goal of reaching pay
equity with male-dominated positions at the City of Victoria."
    "The job action today is about informing the public and the politicians
that this issue won't go away until the GVLRA gets back to the bargaining
table and starts negotiating pay equity funding," said Seedhouse.
    As further strike action, the union announced a "food for fines"
initiative. Commencing November 28, striking library workers will forgive any
library fines over the $10 limit if a patron brings an item for the local food
    Seedhouse said his members are prepared to keep escalating job action
until the GVLRA comes back to the bargaining table.
    The union began creative forms of job action in September, following a
90 per cent strike vote in July.

    CUPE 410 represents 250 library workers in the GVPL system in the
Central, Oak Bay, Emily Carr, Nellie McClung, Central Saanich, Esquimalt,
Saanich Centennial, Bruce Hutchinson, and Juan de Fuca branches.

    For more information on CUPE 410's campaign for pay equity, visit


For further information:

For further information: Ed Seedhouse, CUPE 410 president: (250)
588-9565; Tammy Simonds, CUPE National representative, (250) 812-7197

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