Toronto Public Library Workers Union

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the principal administrative body of Local 4948. It consists of the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary-Treasurer and the Recording Secretary. They are elected by the membership by secret ballot vote every three years.

What We Do

The Committee conducts the business of the Local on a daily basis. It makes the decisions and takes the action necessary to protect the work-related interests of the members, all in accordance with the Local's By-laws and the National CUPE Constitution.

The Committee works closely with the rest of the Executive Board to ensure that all members' views are heard and their concerns addressed.

 

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Brendan Haley, President

president@local4948.org
Telephone: (416)-440-7981 ext 4804

I started with the Toronto Public Library as a Facilities worker in December 1974. A year later I was elected Treasurer of the local union and have been active in the union ever since.

Growing up in a mining community in Newfoundland, I witnessed the benefits that being a member of a union had; things like improved wages and working conditions for miners. Since becoming an active union member I have held the positions of President, Vice President, and Treasurer and have served on numerous committees including Harmonization, Pay Equity, Diversity, Health & Safety, etc.

I am grateful to the members for their support over the years and look forward to working with them in the future; to defend the rights of our members and to build a strong and vibrant union.

I am proud of the work "we as a union" have accomplished.

 

c1 viveca-grettonViveca Gretton, Recording Secretary

Email: recordingsecretary@local4948.org
Telephone: (416)-440-7981 ext 4803

I started at the North York Public Library in 1990 and shortly after became Recording Secretary for the library workers. Over the years, I have served on the bargaining, strike, and grievance committees. I became a union activist back in the early 80s when I worked at a large Toronto bookstore working for minimum wage and no benefits.

The staff wanted to unionize - and I became one of the organizers. This early experience exposed me to the ugly side of certain employer practices - and demonstrated how powerful collective action could be in fighting back. Since then, trade union activity has become a part of my life. Its progressive ideals inspire me - and the day-to-day work offers the chance to help working people in practical ways.

I am a frontline librarian at the North York Central Library where I've worked for over 28 years delivering readers' advisory and reference services to a diverse community of book lovers and film enthusiasts.   

 

c1 carmela-degiorgioCarmela Corrado, Secretary-Treasurer

Email: treasurer@local4948.org
Telephone: (416)-440-7981 ext 4802

I was born in Italy and immigrated to Toronto with my family in 1970. When I was fifteen years old I applied to the Borough of York Public Library and was hired as a student.

After several years of working at the library, I was finally hired in 1980 as a full-time clerical employee at the Maria A. Shchuka library in York.

At this time, the libraries in York were non-union. Favouritism and other unfair practices were rampant. Today, post amalgamation, all branches are thankfully unionized. Having worked in the non-union library system, I have seen firsthand the differences between a union system and a non-union system.

But unions are only as strong as the people who get involved. I wanted to make a difference so I became active in the union to inform and support library members of their rights and to make our communities aware of the challenges that we face today. 

 

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