James Chai | CUPE Communications

A deal has been ratified between CUPE 2974 and the Essex County Library Board. The workers had been on strike since June 25, 2016. “We remained united and resolute in our commitment for fairness and respect,” said Lori Wightman, unit chair of CUPE 294.

The 58 full-time and part-time employees had been on strike for 230 days.

“Our solidarity and friendships that have been forged in this strike would not have been possible without the support from our community and the CUPE family,” said Wightman.

At time of print no details have been released for the agreement but the main issue in the dispute has been third party coverage for short-term disability.