Regina Public Library workers ratified a new contract May 10, bringing an end to a 24-day strike.
“The strength of our membership on the picket line and strong public support enabled us to achieve a collective agreement that addresses our key bargaining priorities,” said Rosemary Oddie, acting president of CUPE Local 1594.
The new contract includes a commitment to a joint study to achieve pay equity for the library workforce, which is predominantly female. “This study will use the pay equity principle of equal pay for work of equal value to identify and end gender-based wage discrimination,” said Oddie.
The 180 library workers will receive a 3 per cent wage increase in each year of the three-year agreement and an employer-paid extended health plan. The contract also requires library management to fully disclose the reasons for contracting out work and gives the union an opportunity to suggest alternatives.