Media Statement from Toronto Public Library Board

    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Toronto Public Library Board Chair Kathy
Gallagher-Ross and Toronto Public Library Chief Librarian Josephine Bryant
issued a statement this morning indicating that, on Thursday October 11, the
Toronto Public Library Board was notified that a grievance filed by the
Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 CUPE has been ruled in favour of the
    The Union grieved that the reduction in Sunday service hours, approved by
the Toronto Public Library Board at a special meeting on July 25, 2007 in
response to the City's request for cost containment, violated the Collective
Agreement. The redress sought by the Union is that its members be made whole
in all wages and benefits lost as a result of the reduction in Sunday work.
    When the Library Board included the Sunday service reduction in its cost
containment measures, it did so with the understanding that the service could
be reduced without violating the Collective Agreement. The Library's legal
counsel advised that the reduction in Sunday hours was in compliance with the
Collective Agreement and supported by case law. To date the Library Board has
not received the full award and therefore does not know the reasons for, nor
the full implications of, this ruling.
    At this evening's regularly scheduled meeting of the Library Board, the
Board will discuss the timing and next steps involved in the return of Toronto
Public Library branches to their regular schedule of Sundays.

    Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library
system. Every year, more than 17 million people visit our 99 branches and
borrow more than 30 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library,
visit our website at or call Answerline at

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For further information: Media Contact: Ana-Maria Critchley, (416)

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