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CUPE Local 3966, representing more than 120 employees of Richmond Public Library, held a one-day strike October 5. The job action came after contract negotiations broke down last week between the union and the library board, represented by the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

Acting president Brian Peaslee promised further job action as early as next week if the employer doesnt return to the table ready to address several key outstanding issues.

Nobody wants a strike, but the board and its GVRD negotiators are forcing us into taking this action, says Peaslee. Theyre refusing to sign on to the same contract improvements that are being agreed to by employers elsewhere in the Lower Mainland.

Peaslee says while the two sides have agreed on many major issues, including a 7 per cent wage increase over 3 years, they remain far apart on improvements for auxiliary and temporary workers, and hours of work.