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Striking Brantford Library workers will be getting a boost from community groups, other area workers and Sid Ryan, Ontario president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

A rally in support of the workers, members of CUPE Local 181, who have been on strike since September 12th, will be held on Monday, October 7th at 5:00 p.m. at Brantford City Hall, 100 Wellington Square.

Polls about the delivery of public services indicate that, overwhelmingly, the public is against the contracting out of any aspect of our public library system.

“Libraries and library workers are important to communities. The employer obviously is out of step with public opinion. And what the employer refuses to acknowledge, is that contracting out of public services has not made them more efficient or cost effective,” says Ryan.

Members are also demanding a consistent schedule for part-time workers. Current scheduling practices can fluctuate from week-to-week. This not only prohibits members from securing a second job, it also plays havoc with parental responsibilities.

For further information:
Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications