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CRESTON—The 15 employees of Creston Public Library are seeking a new collective agreement after ratifying a certification vote to be represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, says the president of the new local.

Libraries are facing huge cuts throughout the province over the next few years. Union membership safeguards jobs for workers who live in the community, so there was a strong sense that we would have a better voice being part of CUPE,” said CUPE 4959 president Eileen Delman.

“All but one of the eligible employees were in town for the vote, and 100 per cent voted for the union.”

Delman said that job security and equality in the workplace would be top bargaining priorities for her members.

“We enjoy working with the public, and with the invaluable help of the volunteers we are able to serve patrons well,” she said.

“We look forward to continuing the healthy and productive relationship we already have with management under a collective agreement that addresses our members’ workplace concerns.”

Delman added that the union hopes to achieve a contract within three to four months.