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SASKATOON: Saskatoon Public Library workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees will continue their rotating strike action today.

The 250 library workers, members of CUPE Local 2669, will withdraw their services from all seven public libraries starting at 3:00 p.m. today.

The job action follows the breakdown in contract negotiations last week. On Wednesday, the workers held a rally outside City Hall as part of a three-hour job action.

“We feel we have no other choice than to take job action to achieve an agreement that values and respects library employees,” said Gwen Thomson, president of CUPE Local 2669.

The union wants to negotiate a pay equity plan to eliminate gender-based wage discrimination. They are also seeking improvements to parental leave and protection against contracting out and technological change.

The union membership voted 77% in favour of taking job action at a meeting on September 9. The library workers have been without a new agreement since March 31, 2001.

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Gwen Thomson or staff representative Andy Iwanchuk at