More than 21 months without a new agreement: Fair contract overdue for CUPE members at Regina Public Library.
REGINA - CUPE members at the Regina Public Library are still looking for a fair contract offer from the library board more than 21 months after their last contract expired.
“A fair contract settlement is long overdue,” says CUPE 1594 President Debbie Mihial, noting other CUPE municipal workers settled a year ago.
About one-half of the CUPE staff at the library work part-time. Many would like to secure additional hours and improved benefits.
But the library board has shown no interest in negotiating contract improvements. Instead the board wants CUPE library workers accept a long list of concessions, including:
- Fewer benefits for part-time employees and no guaranteed hours of work
- Removal of permanent status for many part-time employees, some with over 20 years of service
- Payment of a lower wage to employees working on Sundays
- A general wage offer that is less than what other city employees received
Mihial says CUPE members at the library feel demoralized by the employer’s bargaining position. “The library board doesn’t seem to value or recognize our work – even though most of our members are long-service employees who have provided exceptional service to patrons for many years.”
To promote the need for a fair contract settlement, CUPE 1594 members have created a blog that tells the inside story at the library. Check-us-out.net features the views and insights of library workers.
For more information:
CUPE 1594 President
CUPE Staff Representative