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Saskatoon - Library workers hand-delivered more than 1,000 postcards to their employer today at the Frances Morrison Library and will make a presentation to city council tonight to urge the library board and city council to make contract negotiations at the Saskatoon Public Library a civic priority.

We’ve waited a very long time to see a decent wage offer from the library board,” says CUPE 2669 President Dolores Douglas, noting the 250 CUPE library workers have not had a new agreement since April 1, 2010. “Both the library board and city council need to play a leadership role to settle this protracted dispute,” she states.

CUPE library workers, who voted 84 per cent in support of job action over the summer, are seeking a minimum wage at the library of $12 an hour and pay increases of 15 per cent over three years.

The union is critical of the growing income gap at the public library. About one third of the 250 CUPE library workers earn $10 or less an hour, while nearly all of the library’s managers are paid more than $90,000 a year. The library director reccived more than $134,500 in 2011. The big compensation hike came in 2007-2008, when the library board provided increases for library managers and out-of-scope administrative staff that averaged 34 per cent.

The union wants the library board and city council to fix the pay inequities facing everyone else at the library – the 93 per cent represented by CUPE.

For more information, please contact: 

Dolores Douglas
CUPE 2669 President