CUPE 2669 members who work at Saskatoon Public Library finally have a new contract. The agreement was reached with the help of a mediator. Members ratified the agreement on Saturday, May 11 and the Library Board ratified on Wednesday, May 15.
“Bargaining and mediation include give and take,” says CUPE 2669 Vice-President Dolores Douglas. “This is the first step in moving Saskatoon Public Library workers closer to comparable wages with those in other libraries across the province.”
The new agreement includes a two dollar increase for library Pages – most earning minimum wage. Other classifications will receive a general pay increase of two per cent in the first year; two per cent plus 60 cents per hour in the second year; and three per cent in the third year.
Members of the public supported CUPE 2669 members throughout the bargaining process. They wrote letters, attended events, signed postcards, and talked to board members and councillors.
“I am so proud of the bargaining and strategy committees and all the members of CUPE 2669 who did not waiver during these long negotiations,” says CUPE National Representative Rhonda Heisler. “Thanks also to library patrons who gave a lot of time, energy and support to library workers.”
CUPE 2669 represents 250 library workers at Saskatoon Public Library. These workers had been without a contract agreement since March 31, 2010. This just-ratified agreement covers the period from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2013; it has already expired. CUPE 2669 hopes to head back into negotiations for their next contract soon.
For more information, please contact:
CUPE 2669 Vice-President
CUPE staff Representative