REGINA - CUPE public library workers and supporters are holding a rally outside the Central Library in Regina on Tuesday, March 27 at 4 p.m. to urge the board to negotiate a fair contract settlement. The library board meets tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.
Library workers, members of CUPE 1594, are holding the rally to “greet and meet” library board members and let them know how they feel about the protracted contract dispute. The CUPE library workers have been without a new agreement for more than 26 months.
“We have a lot of questions for the library board,” said CUPE 1594 president Debbie Mihial. “We want to know why they think our members should work longer hours on Sundays for reduced wages? Why our members are being offered less than other civic employees? And why our members still haven’t seen a fair contract offer after more than two years?”
The 180 CUPE members at the library – nearly all of whom are women – are among the lowest paid civic workers in the city. About one-half work part-time.
Contract negotiations are scheduled to resume April 4, with the assistance of conciliator Doug Forseth.
“The message we want to deliver to the library board is that a fair contract offer is long overdue,” said Mihial.
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