In Toronto, library workers experience violence/threats of violence regularly. There is not enough staff to ensure that all library workers recieve training, not enough security to provide backup and support. Employers must be more proactive. We support public libraries as an open and welcoming space for all, but library workers need a proactive employer to provide a safe working environment.
In the News today:
The group of Vaughan Public Libraries is the only group of libraries in York Region to use security guards. - Susie Kockerscheidt/Metroland
At the 2018 CUPE Ontario Convention in Toronto, Maureen O'Reilly, recently-retired president of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union, was the winner of the 2018 Sisters in Solidarity Award. This award honours and celebrates a CUPE sister who has done outstanding work women's issues in our union. Congratulations to Maureen!
Toronto Public Library Warriors attend the Bromley Armstrong Awards and Gala. Congratulations to the 2018 recipient, Nigel Barriffe, President of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, and a Toronto elementary school teacher.
Bromley is a Jamaican Canadian member of the Autoworkers union who helped lead the Toronto Joint Committee on Human Rights in the 1950’s. This award is presented to a labour activist who has demonstrated excellence in equity and human rights.
The Toronto & York Region Labour Council established this prestigious award in 2004 to commemorate the courage, dedication and outstanding service of Bromley L. Armstrong to the labour and human rights movements in Canada. Annually the Equity committee of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council presents the prestigious award to a deserving recipient that exemplifies Bromley’s commitment to human rights.
Local 4948 President Maureen O'Reilly surrounded by library workers at Albion library yesterday prior to the meeting of the Toronto Public Library Board. Maureen has officially retired from the Toronto Public Library after 30+years. Maureen's work as an advocate and labour activist on behalf of library workers and library service in Canada is deeply felt by all library staff and the Torontonians who support our public library. The next chapter awaits, as Maureen continues her work as an activist providing inspiration for new labour leaders.