TERRACE—For the second time in less than a week, a group of library workers has decided to seek union representation through the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
Nine of the employees of the Terrace Library held a certification vote yesterday (Monday), with all members voting in favour of joining CUPE. All but one of the library workers—library assistants, pages and students—are part-time employees.
CUPE Representative Kevin Rose said that library management responded well during the certification process.
“The employer acted fairly and reasonably throughout,” said Rose. “These workers came to us looking for an equal voice in their workplace, and the employer understood that. They knew it wasn’t about looking for a fight.”
Rose said the members now look forward to serving the community after reaching their first collective agreement.
“The process went very quickly, and the support was excellent,” he said.
On November 22, workers at Penticton Public Library voted to join CUPE.