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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.
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Posted on April 1, 2013
We Need to Talk
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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.
Have a listen to our new radio ad.
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
6 Tips for Surviving with Reduced Pay
While we are fighting for better better pay it I figured it would be a good idea to give a few tips to help survive.
Those involved with the government snap program should take advantage of the double down program. Right now you can double your snap money if you spend it on local fruits and vegetables.
You can still eat healthy cheaply. Pound for pound here are my favorite healthy cheap foods
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These are not your only options. Make sure to look for cost per pound or cost per ounce. Try to find foods with the least amount of sodium and sugar.
Get rid of it. Keep the internet if you are able to afford it. Netflix only cost $8 a month and has plenty of entertainment. If you cannot afford that most likely you have a friend who is already paying for it and can share their account.
As long as you are out of contract you should be able to drop you current provider and switch to a subsidized carrier. I dropped AT&T and switched to straight talk and went from paying $90 a month to $45 for the exact same service. There are other examples such as metro PCS or Cricket.
If you are renting and unable to afford the payments you may have to downgrade. If you DO have a mortgage the situation may be a bit more tricky. Do your best to make the minimum required payment. If you are unable to do this you may want to contact a foreclosure defense attorney. They usually can walk you through a loan modification. If for some reason your home does slip into foreclosure they will defend your home from the bank while it is at court for a small monthly fee. More information about the process can be found at www.theorlandoforeclosure.attorney
Turn off your air conditioning when you are not home or turn it up to 80 degrees. Your air conditioning uses the largest amount of electricity in your home. I was able to reduce my own electric bill from $180 to $80 just by doing this alone. If you can afford it, replace all your incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. They have come down in price recently. You can pick one up for $8 to $15 per bulb and they last up to 20 years.
Netflix could go here as well. Do research on what is free and local to your town. Find yourself a hobby or get into some sort of fitness activity. Running is one of the cheapest activities to get into. Hiking is free. Treat yourself to a movie every once in a while.
Times are tough until we get this issue fixed. Hopefully some of you find this useful.