REGINA - CUPE library workers are back on the job today, but will not be collecting fines on overdue materials or library fees as they continue their strike to achieve a fair agreement. Click here to see today’s newspaper ad.
“We are encouraging library patrons to bring back their overdue library material and enjoy all of the services at the public library, while we continue to pressure the employer to return to the bargaining table,” said CUPE 1594 President Debbie Mihial.
Mihial said CUPE library workers want to minimize the impact of their strike on library patrons because “our dispute is with the library board and management.”
The ban on collecting library fines and fees will continue until further notice.
The more than 180 CUPE members at the Regina Public Library have been without a new agreement for nearly 29 months. They have not had a wage increase since 2009.
Last month, the library board presented a so-called “final offer” and cancelled conciliations talks scheduled for April 10.
The employer’s last offer includes proposals that would create a two-tiered workforce at the library, where new employees receive a fraction of the benefits of current employees. It also includes proposals requiring CUPE 1594 members work longer hours on Sundays for reduced wages.
Mihial said library workers will not accept the employer’s demands for two-tiered benefits and other concessions. “We are steadfast in our resolve to achieve a fair contract offer and the strike will continue until that happens.”
For more information, please contact:
President, CUPE 1594
CUPE Staff Representative