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CUPE 2669 Read-
Members of CUPE 2669 held a read-
For more information, see the story on the CUPE National website.
One Thousand and Ninety-
One thousand and ninety-
These aren’t manipulated or inflated statistics, the contracts and wage scales of these other library workers who are also CUPE members, are public record and available on the Internet. Similarly, the wage increases averaging 49% since 2008, that Saskatoon Public Library managers and administrative staff have received are also in the public record, available to anyone who looks at the Public Accounts of the City of Saskatoon.
After all it’s the City of Saskatoon who pays these wages, the same city celebrating a $5 million budget surplus. Saskatoon Public Library workers having been trying to get their message out since Sept. 2012, that an offer that requires them to sign off on pay equity for wages that leave them so far behind is unfair, irresponsible and ultimately unacceptable.
It’s a pretty shameful anniversary to be marking this March 31. Contact the Library Board and your City Councillor and ask them to live up to their responsibilities and offer fair wages to their employees at the Saskatoon Public Library.
Click here to see what you can do to help.
Posted on April 1, 2013
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Posted on March 22, 2013
Spring is Guaranteed to Arrive… Eventually
Posted on March 21, 2013
No such guarantees on a FAIR DEAL.
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Mr. Postman, will the Library Board see my letter?
Letters continue to be sent to Saskatoon City Council supporting public library workers’ efforts to reach a fair contract.
One letter on the March 4 Council agenda said:
I wish to urge City Council to act immediately to resolve the labour dispute between
Saskatoon Public library and the large majority of its woefully underpaid workers.
The Library Board needs to be told in no uncertain terms that its ongoing inaction
is damaging to the reputation of the City, to the morale and material well-
So what is happening to these letters?
Council is receiving them as information and referring them to the Library Board for further action.
However, at the February 20 Library Board meeting, eight letters forwarded from the February 11 Council were not received as correspondence.
We’re asking ‘why not?’ And what will happen to letters from the March 4 and 18 Council meetings?
And that’s not all: There are letters sent directly to the Library Board plus a couple thousand postcards signed by supporters. We don’t know the exact number; these also have not been received as correspondence and don’t show up in Library Board minutes.
Not only that, it appears Board members aren’t actually seeing the piles of postcards. We’re told they get updates about the numbers received. What’s with that? The cards are addressed to the Library Board. When people sign them, they do so to show support and believe they’re getting to Board members.
Citizens of Saskatoon who take the time to write should at the very least know that their letters are being received, read, and noted by the Board. As public bodies, Library boards must be transparent and accountable to the public they serve.
Posted on March 18, 2013
Continued patron support evident at mini-
“I’m really upset about all this” is what one patron told Saskatoon library workers
holding a mini-
He was referring to the lack of a contract for three years and the Library Board’s
refusal to come back to the bargaining table after presenting a so-
“I know how important you are,” another patron said. “I’ve cut back on cable, which is too expensive, and now read two books a week. I come to the library all the time.”
Similar words of support were heard during the one-
We say continue to sign the postcards urging the Board to get back to the table with a fair offer. Continue to write to City Council and write to the newspaper. Check out our blog readallaboutus.net to email the Board and for more information.
Our patrons value the service and workers at Saskatoon Public Library? Why doesn’t the Board?
Posted on March 15, 2013
Event celebrates Happy 100th for library workers
It was party time last night at The Bassment, filled with music by Pearson and The Lost Keys, puppetry spoofing Fifty Shades of Grey, and compelling storytelling by Judith Benninger.
There was also cake.
Library workers, family and friends and the public joined in the party. The event marked the 100th anniversary of Saskatoon Public Library and the service of its workers throughout the past century.
A 50/50 draw to support the Saskatoon Food Bank was won by Karen Brander. She generously gave back her $130 prize to the Food Bank, for a total donation of $260.
Happy 100th to the women and men who have made and continue to make SPL work!
And what do we want as our centennial present? A fair contract offer that recognizes the value of our workers
Posted on March 11, 2013