REGINA - On December 5, Regina Public Library workers publicized the one item on their Christmas wish list at a noon hour rally outside the Central Library branch. The one item on every CUPE library worker’s Christmas wish list is a fair contract offer from the employer.
The 180 CUPE members employed by the library have been without a contract settlement for more than 23 months.
“A fair contract offer is long overdue,” says CUPE 1594 president Debbie Mihial, noting other CUPE municipal workers settled months 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 to accept a long list of concessions, including fewer benefits for part-time employees and no guaranteed hours of work.
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 contact:
CUPE 1594 President
CUPE Staff Representative