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SASKATOON: Saskatoon Public Library workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees will walk off the job for the whole day today to protest stalled contract talks.

The job action by the 260 members of CUPE Local 2669 follows a presentation made by the union to Saskatoon City Council last night.

We feel we have no choice but to continue to take this job action to raise awareness of the need to bring the wages of library workers in line with male civic workers, said Gwen Thomson, president of CUPE Local 2669.

City council must take some responsibility in these negotiations because the city funds the library and appoints the library board. Equal pay for work of equal value is long overdue.

The CUPE members began a series of rotating strikes on September 25 to press their demands for a pay equity plan at the library. Today marks the eleventh day of job action by the library workers.

The last bargaining session between the union and the library board took place on October 29.

The library workers have been without a new agreement since March 31, 2001.

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For more information contact
Gwen Thomson or staff representative

Andy Iwanchuk