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COQUITLAM—Library workers in Coquitlam were told bargaining was over when the GVRD called for mediation on March 5.

Dave Ginter, president of CUPE 561 said, “We finally just started to bargain and they want to call in a mediator. Port Moody and Burnaby both settled without going to mediation, and we also want the opportunity to bargain a fair contract for our members.”

Library workers have been without a contract since December 2006. Active bargaining between the GVRD and the union had re-opened on March 4, 2008.

Ginter explains, “We need the Library Board to show leadership and get involved, so we can reach a fair deal for employees who provide library services in Coquitlam.”

At issue in negotiations are proper funding for Sunday openings, pay equity, and benefits for part-time workers.

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Contact:  Dave Ginter, president CUPE 561: 604-880-3894
Janet Szliske, CUPE Communications: 604-454-7293