An unusual book launch, organized by CUPE members at the Prince Albert public library, drew rave reviews and lots of smiles from local residents May 16.
The library workers, members of CUPE Local 1788, donned six hand-made books as part of an information picket to draw attention to their pitifully poor wages.
The books featured best-selling titles with a local twist, including: The Wealthy Barber: He never worked at the Public Library, Companys Coming: Hope they like macaroni and Pride and Prejudice: Reflected in our work and wages.
The 37 CUPE members are seeking a big pay hike to reduce the wage gap with other civic workers. The library workers are among the poorest paid municipal employees in Prince Albert, earning an average salary of $19,000 annually.
Were not prepared to work for these poverty-line wages any longer, says spokesperson Faye Johnson. We want to be paid what were worth.
The books may make another appearance on the picketline before bargaining resumes on June 7.