Locked out library workers invite public to Oak Bay town hall meeting

    "Understanding Pay Equity in the 21st Century"

    VICTORIA, March 4 /CNW/ - Local library workers are sponsoring a town
hall meeting in Oak Bay this Thursday, March 6th, 2008 at 7 p.m. at
Windsor Park Pavilion "Sports Room", 2451 Windsor Road. This town hall meeting
is the first in a series of public discussions about pay equity - the issue
over which the Greater Victoria Public Library board closed all nine branches
and locked out library workers.
    "We decided to sponsor these town hall meetings so folks could find out
what pay equity is all about and how it affects communities," said
Ed Seedhouse, President of CUPE 410. "It's unacceptable that in this day and
age we're still fighting for equal pay for work of equal value."
    John Fryer, Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria's School of
Public Administration, will moderate the discussion. Three panel speakers have
been confirmed to date. Lynne Marks, History professor at the University of
Victoria will briefly discuss the historical and societal background of equal
pay for work of equal value. The other two panelists are Carole Cameron, an
expert in job evaluation and pay equity who was involved in the
Greater Victoria Public Library's job evaluation project as a CUPE
representative; and Andrea Brimmel representing CUPE 410.
    The public is invited to this free Town Hall meeting to hear from experts
on both sides of the debate, and to share their own views on the issue. Local
politicians have also been invited to participate.

For further information:

For further information: Ed Seedhouse, CUPE 410 president: (250)
588-9565; Justin Schmid, CUPE representative: (250) 889-5709; Janet Szliske,
CUPE Communications: (604) 454-7293

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