Media Advisory - Public invited to town hall meeting in Central Saanich on Wed., March 19 - "Understanding Pay Equity in the 21st Century"

    VANCOUVER, March 17 /CNW/ - Local library workers are sponsoring a town
hall meeting in Central Saanich this Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 7 p.m. at
Central Saanich Senior Citizens Association, 1229 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay.
This town hall meeting is the second 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.
    "This is a great opportunity for the public to voice concerns and send a
message to the Library Board and local politicians," said Ed Seedhouse,
President of CUPE 410. "We've been pleasantly surprised by the groundswell of
public support."
    Ruth Arnaud, a former municipal councillor at Central Saanich, will
introduce the speakers. Douglas Baer, Sociology Professor from the University
of Victoria, will moderate the discussion. Panelist Dr. Annalee Lepp, Chair of
Women's Studies at University of Victoria, will briefly discuss the history of
women's struggle for equality. Margaret Varga, co-chair of the Job Evaluation
Committee at the University of Victoria, will speak on job evaluation and pay
equity; and Andrea Brimmell, vice president of CUPE 410, will review Greater
Victoria Regional District library workers' struggle for pay equity.
    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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