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SURREYThe union representing Surreys 175 library support staff is calling upon the librarys management negotiators to live up to the deal to pay their workers fairlya deal made during the last round of bargaining.

A deal is a deal, Laurie Larsen, president of CUPE Local 402 says in reaction to news that library management is waffling on paying the previously agreed to retroactive pay to about 60 workers. In addition, says Larsen, CUPE is extremely concerned about suggestions that library workers should have their sick time reduced.

Larsen wants library management to be aware of what the people of Surrey know and appreciate. And that is the contribution library support staff make to the culture and the community of Surrey. But these workers have to have a life and at the moment management negotiators are refusing to even consider proposals to bring some consistency to workers shifts, consistency that would enable library workers to have some stability in their own home lives.

CUPE is uncertain of why negotiators have decided to reneg on previous commitments to their employees or why they have sick leave concessions on the table. Members will meet next week to discuss their options. Larsen said.

Negotiations between CUPE library workers and Surrey librarys management have been ongoing for over six months.


Laurie Larsen, president of CUPE local 402 (604) 543-3822.