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SASKATOON: Contract talks between the union representing Saskatoon Public Library workers and representatives of the library board broke down last night.

It is the third time in two months that negotiations have failed to produce a settlement.

The employer refuses to admit that library workers are underpaid and undervalued compared to male civic workers doing work of comparable value, said Gwen Thomson, president of CUPE Local 2669.

The 260 library workers have walked off the job today to back their contract demands for a pay equity plan to end gender-based wage discrimination at the library. It is the tenth day of rotating strike action since September 25.

Thomson said the library workers will also walk off the job at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday for a union membership meeting.

Our members are getting frustrated with the lack of progress at the bargaining table, said Thomson. Its simply not enough for the employer to promise to study the wage gap between library workers and inside workers at City Hall. Pay equity for Saskatoon library workers is long overdue.

Saskatoon Public Library workers have been without a new agreement for 18 months.

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For more information contact
Gwen Thomson, CUPE local 2669 President
or staff representative Andy Iwanchuk at