Victoria library workers walk out in first-ever job action

    VICTORIA, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - CUPE 410, which represents Greater Victoria
Public Library workers, went on strike this morning, pulling all 250 of its
members off the job until 2 p.m. to protest employer inaction on key issues
such as pay equity and treatment of auxiliary workers.
    The walkout is the first in a series of escalating job actions the union
is planning to take in an effort to achieve a fair contract, says CUPE 410
President Ed Seedhouse.
    "As I've said before, we are willing to go back to the table any time the
employer advises us they have a mandate to discuss our issues," says
    "But so far they have not moved off their position and have no mandate
from the city's politicians to address pay equity and auxiliary workers."
    Seedhouse added that this is the first time that Victoria library workers
have shut down all the city's branches in order to address their workplace
    The job action comes in the wake of yesterday's decision by the Labour
Relations Board to dismiss the employer's application to declare a CUPE 410
strike invalid. The LRB ruling noted that the Local had provided the employer
with its wage proposal, but the employer chose not to provide its wage
proposal to the Union.
    Following the library workers' return to work this afternoon, Seedhouse
added, the union's strike committee will meet again on Monday to plan further
job action.

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

For further information:

For further information: Ed Seedhouse, CUPE 410 president, (250)
361-9567; Dan Gawthrop, CUPE Communications, (604) 999-6132

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