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Library workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local 1776, with the Brampton Public Library are currently in negotiations for a new collective agreement and are working towards a deal that will ensure union employees will continue to provide excellent service to the citizens of Brampton.

“Our members have been without a contract since April 1st and we’re now down to the last four days of bargaining,” said Vee Papadimos, president of CUPE 1776.

“We want to continue on the job and provide the citizens of Brampton the services of their public library system.  We are dedicated to negotiating in good faith and have expectations that we will be able to reach a fair collective agreement.”

A major concern is the erosion of the bargaining unit while the number of non-union staff is increasing.  High paid management workers are doing the work of bargaining unit members.

Although the library has bargaining dates scheduled to the end of the week, Local 1776 is committed to continue to bargain in good faith in order to be able to provide the citizens of Brampton with excellent library service.

CUPE 1776 has 129 members working at four main and two satellite library locations.