VANCOUVER - When we think of library workers we think resourceful, intelligent, helpful and community-minded. Well, CUPE 391 members are all that and more - not only when found in their natural habitat, Vancouver’s public libraries, but on the picket-lines too. From read-ins, to knitting for solidarity, to puppet theatre and mini-documentaries this group is filled with creativity and energy and a passion for their cause – pay equity for library workers.
It’s hard to imagine this is the first strike for Vancouver Public Library workers in their 77-year history.
CUPE 391’s bargaining committee returns to the bargaining table with the City and Vancouver Public Library Board today (Friday, August 17, 2007) and we wish them the best. Show your support and visit a public library picket line today.
Check CUPE 391’s bargaining blog often for more resources and information, including picket-line locations and planned events.
CUPE 391 members D’Arcy and James have produced the following fascinating mini-documentary videos:Walking the Line: The Blacked Out Week
Walking the Line: The Read In
Resources and Information:
CUPE 391 proposed pay equity language to the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Public Library Board. Pay Equity contract language recently negotiated between CUPE 23 and Burnaby Public Library also included.
Overdue: Pay Equity for Library workers (CUPE Research)