PENTICTON – A group of 19 library workers comprised of technicians, assistants and pages has voted overwhelmingly to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees as a sub-local of CUPE 608, the union announced today.
“These workers have been considering joining the union for a long time,” said CUPE servicing rep Rob Hewitt, commenting on the 12-2 vote. “They felt that they needed representation in order to have their concerns heard by the library. They now look forward to working with their employer as members of CUPE.”
CUPE 523 president Zoe Magnus, the union scrutineer who attended the ballot count for the Penticton Public Library certification vote, extended “full credit” to the library workers “for their courageous, respectful and steadfast actions” in voting to join the union.
Following the vote, the union will welcome its new members and will be seeking their input on what issues are important to them as they seek their first collective agreement.
CUPE 608 president Carolae Donoghue, currently on vacation in New Zealand, was said to be delighted with the outcome and looks forward to representing the new members.
Rob Hewitt, CUPE Representative (250) 762-7919
Dan Gawthrop, CUPE Communications (604) 999-6132