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SASKATOON: Saskatoon Public Library workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees will continue rotating job action at noon today to press their demands for pay equity.

The 260 library employees will also be off the job all day tomorrow for a study session and all day next Monday. The walkouts will affect all public libraries across the city.

We want to give some notice of our job actions to reduce the inconvenience for the public, said Gwen Thomson, president of CUPE Local 2669. But we have no other choice than to continue the rotating strike action since the library board refuses to commit to a plan that will ensure equal pay for work of equal value.

Contract negotiations held over three days last week failed to produce a settlement. Management locked out the library workers when they walked off the job on Friday.

The CUPE members began rotating job action on September 25 to demonstrate their resolve to achieve a pay equity plan at the library.

The library workers voted 77% in support of taking action at a membership meeting in September. They 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