CUPE 2669 members continue to pressure the Saskatoon Public Library board to get back to the bargaining table. Members held an information picket in front of the main branch, Frances Morrison Library during their lunch hour on Wednesday.
“Library services are about people,” says CUPE 2669 President Thom Knutson. “When the board treats frontline workers differently than exempt staff, it affects everybody.”
Knutson noted that despite the difficult situation and the library board’s treatment of library workers, that staff continue to offer the best services possible to the public.
The public continues to support library workers in their quest for fair wages. Many have written letters to the board and to their city councillors about the situation. Media students from Evan Hardy Collegiate who were at the library working on a project, joined CUPE 2669 members on the picket line.
The board’s latest offer would leave wages for library workers 7 – 19 per cent below those of other library workers with the same qualifications doing the same jobs. Since 2008 public library managers and exempt staff have received wage increases averaging 49 per cent.
The 250 members of CUPE 2669 have been without a contract for three years. Workers are asking the public to copy letters to their city councillors, as the library board does not appear to be taking the letters seriously. To support Saskatoon library workers or for more information, go to: www.readallaboutus.net