VICTORIA—CUPE 410 is continuing its job action this week with nine different branches closing in rotating job actions today, Thursday and Friday—a move aimed at convincing the employer to return to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair contract for the city’s library workers.
Today’s branch closures are Saanich Centennial, Oak Bay, Nellie McClung, and Emily Carr. Thursday will see Juan de Fuca/Tech Services, Central Saanich, Bruce Hutchison and Esquimalt branches closing, and Friday’s closure will be Central branch.
As in the union local’s most recent actions there will be no picketing but CUPE 410 members will attend the local’s strike headquarters from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for study sessions on pay equity, followed by discussion and questions.
“The purpose of the study sessions is to make sure our members are educated on the Pay Equity issue and can communicate this understanding to the public if called on to do so,” says CUPE 410 president Ed Seedhouse.
“With respect to pay equity and job evaluation comparisons with City positions, the number crunching has already been done. Now it’s up to the City to live up to its promise, show some willingness to return to the bargaining table and finally negotiate a fair contract that includes pay equity for library workers.”
Contact: Ed Seedhouse: CUPE 410 president: 250.588.9565
Tammy Simonds: CUPE Representative: 250.812.7197
Dan Gawthrop, CUPE Communications: 604.999.6132