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REGINA: Regina Public Library employees represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees will continue their rotating strike action by withdrawing their services from the citys eight branch libraries from 1:30 p.m. today until the remainder of the day.

The job action by the library workers, members of CUPE Local 1594, follows a breakdown in contract talks. The union has been trying to negotiate a new contract for over a year. The last contract expired on December 31, 2000.

The 180 library workers want to negotiate pay equity through a job evaluation plan designed to eliminate gender-based wage discrimination. The workers also want the same extended health benefit plan as out-of-scope employees, minimum hours of work for part-time employees, and protection against contracting out and technological change.

The union is urging the library board to direct their negotiators to get back to the bargaining table to address these issues.

At a February meeting, the union membership voted 84% in favour of taking job action.

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For more information contact
Rosemary Oddie at 522-7357 or
Mike Keith at 525-5874 or 536-4856