Victoria library workers to issue strike notice on Tuesday

    VICTORIA, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - CUPE 410, which represents Greater Victoria
Public Library workers, will issue 72-hour strike notice early on Tuesday
morning (September 4), local president Ed Seedhouse said today.
    The decision was reached after eight months of bargaining passed with no
resolution on issues of key importance to the union's membership.
    "We are ready to go back to bargaining any time the employer is willing
to discuss our key issues," said Seedhouse.
    "But in the final analysis, when the employer refuses to bargain, unions
only have one tool-and that's the withdrawal of service."
    Seedhouse added that library workers love the work they do for the public
and that the local's members feel badly about the possibility of taking job
    The strike notice on Tuesday morning would place CUPE 410 in a legal
strike position by Friday morning.

    CUPE 410 represents 250 library workers in the GVPL system at branches in
Victoria, Saanich, Central Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, Colwood, Langford,
Metchosin and View Royal.

For further information:

For further information: Ed Seedhouse, CUPE 410 president: (250)
361-9567; Dan Gawthrop, CUPE Communications: (604) 999-6132; For more
information on CUPE 410's campaign for pay equity, visit

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