Toronto Public Library Workers Union


4948PresidentO ReillyThe Toronto Public Library Workers (TPLWU) strongly believe in connecting with the community and spreading the word about the importance of libraries, literacy and social justice. 

TPLWU President, Maureen O'Reilly, has given many speeches and presentations across the country. If you would like Maureen to speak at your organization please contact her HERE.

Maureen O’Reilly is President of the 2,100 member Toronto Public Library Workers Union (TPLWU) Local 4948, CUPE. Maureen was elected just two months before Rob Ford became mayor in 2010 and has lived to tell the tale. 

In 2011-2012 Maureen led the successful fight back campaign against a 10% cut to the library budget that prevented library closures and service hour cuts. The campaign touched the hearts of Torontonians which lead to the derailment of the gravy train mantra.

The 2012 library strike which followed was largely about stopping the further advancement of precarious work into library workplaces and the protection of good jobs. Maureen continues to be a strong advocate for not only library workers but for the communities we all want.

Maureen is also Co-Chair of the CUPE National Library Workers Committee, Member of the CUPE Ontario Library Workers Committee and an Executive Board member of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council.


Click on the images below to view details of a selection of Maureen's past presentations:




Image Deputation Oct 23 2017  
TYRLC Leadership Institute March 2015 re TPLWUCampaign

Presentation to the TYRLC Leadership Institute

President Maureen O'Reilly talks about the success
of the 2011/2012 Fight Back Campaign.

Saturday, March 28, 2015.

 ETFO womens conference

ETFO launched its 2015 …and still we rise
conference with a dinner to celebrate the
amazing union leadership by women in the
education sector and across the labour movement.

This video was used to introduce these
leaders to conference delegates.


Controversies in Working-Class
Consciousness: Ford Nation
v. the Toronto Left

Maureen O'Reilly delivers speech at York University

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

OLA Presentation January2015 PrecariousWork

Presentation to Ontario Library Association

"Library Workers and Precarious Work"

Januuary 2015

CALM Presentation November2014

Presentation to Canadian Association
of Labour Media

A presentation by Maureen O'Reilly about TPLWU's
campaign strategies

November 8, 2014


Forging Solidarity

An Event sponsored by the Council of Canadians.

Maureen gave a presentation on the
barriers to secure employment faced
by women and youth in the librarian
profession, and by extension elsewhere
in the economy.

She was part of a panel that included
Andrea Furlong, Jojo Geronimo and Tom

Hamilton, October 3-5, 2014




As the opening keynote speaker,
Maureen gives a presentation to
the Atlantic Provinces Library

Moncton, June 3-4, 2014

2014 OALT Conference Program

41st annual conference of the Ontario
Association of Library Technicians (OALT)

Kingston, May 1, 2014


Community Services and Your Rights
at Work

Sponsored by Unifor

Maureen gives a presentation on
precarious work, particularly in
respect to women and youth.

Toronto, March 27, 2014


Strengthening our Voices: A Political
Primer for Library Workers

Maureen delivers a speech at the2014
Ontario Municipal Library Workers

Richmond Hill, March 25-26, 2014

 Presentation to UASLIS---March-2014

Labor Relations, The Role of Unions &
Public Libraries

Presentation to the University of
Alberta’s School of Library and
Information Science

March 17, 2014


Dollars & Sense

CUPE Ontario’s first ever Secretary-
Treasurers Conference

Maureen was a panelist on the Saturday
discussion. Others involved were Fred
Hahn as Moderator, Charles Fleury and
Candace Rennick

Panel discussed Political Activism
and Members’ Dues

Richmond Hill, January 22-25, 2014

Presentation TPLB EmployeeLabourRelations H n S

Presentation to the Toronto Public Library 
Board Employee and Labour Relations

September 12 2013


Social Service Workers' Conference 2013
Transcript of Maureen O'Reilly's speech

Sheraton, Toronto, March 22, 2013

 Presentation TPLB EmployeeLabourRelations

Presentation to the Toronto Public Library
Board Employee and Labour Relations

April 8 2013


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