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MISSISSAUGA, ON – Mississauga Public Library workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 966 have given their bargaining team a 90 per cent strike mandate.

We have been in negotiations for some time,” said Hayley Thomas, unit chair for the public library workers. “We will return, with the assistance of a conciliator, on July 31 when we hope to be able to resolve our differences and come to a fair and equitable agreement.”

A strike mandate does not mean the local will go on strike. “What we have is a strong message to the employer that our members are serious when they ask for good deal,” said Bobby Nand, CUPE National representative.

For further information, contact:

Hayley Thomas, CUPE Local 966 Library Unit chair, 647-987-8695

Bobby Nand, CUPE National Representative, 905-568-4664

Wendy Forbes, CUPE Communications, 416-892-8716