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Saskatoon: CUPE members in the Saskatoon public library resumed job action this afternoon, after three days of contract negotiations failed to produce a settlement.

The walkout by the 250 employees has closed libraries across the city.

CUPE local 2669 president Gwen Thomson said library workers had hoped the board was prepared to address the issue of gender-based pay discrimination when contract talks resumed last Friday.

The two sides continued bargaining yesterday and today, but little progress was made on pay equity and other priority issues, she said.

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

Library workers arent prepared to settle for wage discrimination any longer, says Thomson. The bottom line is we want to be paid what were worth.

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