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TORONTO - 2,300 library workers with the Toronto Civic Employees’ Union, (CUPE Local 416), have ratified a new collective agreement, with an overwhelming 94% vote of support. The agreement was reached last week, twelve hours past their legal strike deadline.

“We made major gains for library workers with this collective agreement,” said Brian Cochrane. “We have made improvements in the areas of job security, job posting and promotion process, hours of work, and rights for part-time workers and pages. Most importantly, this collective agreement demonstrates that where there is an employer who is willing to negotiate, it possible to avoid strikes. We can only hope that the City of Toronto will take a page from the Library Board and come back to the table ready to negotiate a fair agreement with ’outside’ workers,” said Cochrane.

In addition to 2,300 library workers, CUPE Local 416 represents 6,800 outside workers who are now back on the job after a 16 day strike that ended yesterday with the passage of back-to-work legislation.


For further information:
Sue Lg0065r, CUPE National Representative,
(416) 821-4433 (cell)
Brian Cochrane, President, Local 416,
(416) 562-2543 (cell)
Andrea Addario, CUPE Communications,
(416) 738-4329 (cell)