On Monday, September 9, Winnipeg took a big step towards ending the airport-like security screening at the downtown Millennium library. The metal detector and bag check screenings were introduced by library management in February, responding to staff safety concerns. CUPE 500 President Gord Delbridge, representing Millennium Library workers, also supported the screenings. This was the Continue readingA Step Towards Removing Winnipeg’s Invasive Library Security
On February 25, 2019, Millennium Library in downtown Winnipeg implemented new security measures – a bag check and metal detector at the front entrance. Library workers and management have cited safety concerns regarding weapons, substance use and “inappropriate behaviour.” To the general public, the security screening came as a surprise. Many library users were upset Continue readingLibrary Security & Harm Reduction in the Workplace
By Teuila Fuatai Essex County library workers are hoping for movement at the bargaining table after receiving confirmation from its library board more negotiations were being planned. Fifty-eight library workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), have been on strike for more than four months over a contract offer attempting to overhaul Continue readingEssex County library workers still striking
The library workers in Mississauga went on strike this summer. They refused concessions and demanded that all members receive a living wage. Effective strategy and tremendous community solidarity won the day. The library workers’ victory is an example of what can be achieved when the gap between the precarious part-timers and the full-timers is bridged. They Continue readingWeekend Video: Library workers fight and win
In July 2016, CUPE Local 1989, Mississauga Library Workers Union, was on strike for 18 days. They forged deep bonds with with their fellow co-workers, made new friends with supporters, and most importantly. worked together to fight for justice. And they won! This video shows what issues were driving the strikers and why they won.
By Ilija Dimeski Things haven’t been too great for our Mississauga librarians. With almost everything going digital and with the introduction of self-checkouts, some librarians have been let go while others have had their hours drastically cut. “What was previously the job of three workers, has now been reduced to one,” says one worker on Continue readingMississauga library workers hit the picket lines
By Denise Leduc Rankandfile.ca’s Prairies correspondent At the end of April, the Newfoundland and Labrador library board announced that they would be closing 54 library branches in the next two years after a $1 million cut to their annual budget. These closures will impact 64 workers who will lose their jobs. These workers are mostly Continue readingOverpaid Union Workers? The Realities of Small-Town Libraries