Brantford library workers, members of CUPE 181, walked out on strike September 12. The main issues are a regular schedule for part-time workers and assurances that work will not be contracted out.
Managements refusal to create regular schedules for part-time workers is causing financial and emotional stress, says local president Andrew Hunter. Workers are not able to supplement their low incomes with other jobs because their hours at the library are subject to change. It also creates problems with scheduling other necessities such as child care.
Skilled workers librarians, library technicians and clerks are also dealing with the possibility that their jobs could be contracted out, Hunter says. Thats on top of an ongoing pattern in the library of turning full-time jobs into part-time.
Earlier this week, striking library workers offered story time in a city park.
We want to make sure Brantford families with young children are not deprived of story time just because management is not willing to negotiate, says striking member Laura Kittridge.
Messages of support can be sent
CUPE local 181
16 Darling Street,
2nd floor, Unit 4,
phone (519) 756-7628.