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About 160 library workers will set up an information picket outside the Vaughan Public Library Board meeting tonight as the first step in preparing for a lockout or strike that could begin October 27.

CUPE 905, which represents the workers, reached a tentative agreement with Vaughan Public Libraries during the summer. The workers ratified the agreement at the end of July. However, the library board did not meet until September, at which time they rejected the agreement that had been signed by their negotiators.

“Respect and fairness are overdue at Vaughan Public Libraries,” said CUPE National Representative Lorne Trevors. “The library board has taken steps toward a lockout of our members by requesting a no-board report from the provincially appointed conciliator.”

“It is beyond belief that the board is prepared to see services to the public disrupted because, for some reason, they don’t like the agreement that their own negotiators reached.”

WHO:          Library workers, members of CUPE 905

WHAT:        Information picket at Vaughan Public Library Board meeting

WHEN:        7:30pm., Thursday, October 11, 2007

WHERE:     Dufferin Clark Library, 1441 Clark Avenue West, Thornhill

For more information, contact

Lorne Trevors, CUPE National Representative, 905-967-0823

Pat Daley, CUPE Communications, 416-616-6142