Toronto Public Library Workers Union

Many people associate unions exclusively with industrial or construction trades workers or those in manual labour occupations with low education requirements. But in Canada and elsewhere in the world, highly educated professional workers, especially those who work in the public sector, often belong to unions.

Equal Treatment

While their workplaces are generally safer than those in industry, construction or manual labour occupations, their needs for fair treatment are the same.

lib2.0Library workers are dedicated to their profession. The years of post-secondary training it requires to become a professional Librarian with a Master's degree are costly and not easily transferable to another occupation. Librarians have made a significant investment in their careers akin to an investment in a house. Belonging to a union is a type of insurance that their investment will be protected against arbitrary treatment and that they will have input into their compensation and working conditions. Many are willing to work part-time while waiting for a full-time position to open up. The years they spend working part-time should count towards their right to full-time work when it becomes available. Only a union can help ensure this.

Other classifications of library workers, such as Public Service Assistants, are in the same position as Librarians. They must be highly educated and typically have to work part-time for years before a full-time position opens up for them. Another classification - Pages - constitutes the single largest group of Toronto library workers. There are currently about 600 Toronto Public Library Pages. All work part-time and most are paid close to the Ontario Minimum Wage.

Since Toronto amalgamation in 1998, the public library workforce has decreased by ten percent while circulation has gone up by 25 per cent. This is a very large productivity increase, per worker.

All the evidence is that the library workers' union has contributed to the maintenance of an experienced, stable and dedicated workforce by ensuring fairness and security and promoting professional development. There has never been a strike in the Toronto Public Library. 

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Excellent letter to the @torontostar#Precariouswork at York U sets bad example for students… https://t.co/RXHrQvE9Ca
Apr 13
RT @CUPEYOW: Camlin, a member from @Local4948, Toronto Public Library Warriors, killing it at the Mic at the #OMERS Annual Meeting https://…
Apr 11
RT @waharnum @Brandon4948 @cupe932 @Cupe1989 @CUPE2974 @Local4948 that Library Warrior t-shirt is amazing
Apr 11
RT @Brandon4948: Wearing pink today in honour of the international #dayofpink. Time to end bullying, discrimination, homophobia, transpho…
Apr 11
RT @CUPEOntario: Today, the team here at @CUPEOntario recognizes the #DayofPink! Bullying, homophobia, transphobia, & all forms of hate ca…
Apr 09
RT @CUPEYOW: Your Young Workers Committee is committed to fighting for pensions for all of us in CUPE, and we're proud to be part of the de…
Apr 09
Precarious work followed by precarious retirement? No way! Inspiring to see so many young workers fighting for the… https://t.co/WcOCh5jcRL
Apr 09
RT @cupe3903comms: Importantly, 2294 of about 3700 members voted -- this means that approximately 62% of our membership voted. A strong m…
Apr 09
RT @cupe3903comms: It's OFFICIAL: all three units have VOTED NO in the forced ratification. Results by Unit: Unit 1: YES: 210 votes NO: 12…
Apr 05
RT @CUPE2424: “Your fight over these last weeks has also been a fight for what kind of university and world we want to collectively create.…
Apr 05
RT @cupenat: 👬👭👬@CUPE2424 members stood strong on the picket lines for more than four weeks. Their perseverance and resolve paid off…
Apr 04
Congratulations @CUPE2424#Solidarity You fought and won the good fight #Libraryworkers #WeAreCarletonhttps://t.co/5HxYKQsXpN
Apr 04
RT @TimLittle18 @4948President Congrats on your retirement! One of Toronto's working class heroes.
Apr 04
RT @cnqvv @Local4948 @4948President @torontolabour Sister you will be missed . Enjoy a well earned retirement. But remember there is alway…
Apr 04
RT @DoucetteWard13: Thank you Maureen for all of your hard work over the years representing those who work at our amazing Libraries. The br…
Apr 04
RT @DianeShears: They pushed, they protested, they won: NL public libraries saved https://t.co/rxWqdDw5jb@Local4948 @4948President#nlpoli…
Mar 31
RT @DianeShears: They pushed, they protested, they won: NL public libraries saved https://t.co/rxWqdDw5jb@Local4948 @4948President#nlpoli…
Mar 30
RT @cupe932: Stand in solidarity with York U as they fight against precarity. https://t.co/J5CWClYQoC
Mar 29
RT @wmtcblog: I have learned so much from this woman! What she's given library workers and the labour movement is beyond measure @4948Pres
Mar 29
RT @lkw66 @Local4948 @4948President @torontolabour Thank you for all your hard work over the years. Congratulations @4948President ! Wishi…
Mar 29
RT @CUPE2424: UPDATE: CUPE 2424 and the employer were unable to reach an agreement following another 18 hours in bargaining. Mediation has…
Mar 29
RT @CivicActionGTHA: A #LeadershipHero is someone ordinary who steps up in a time of need. Like the founding members of @progresstoronto, a…
Mar 29
RT @Local4948: Looks like @cupe3903comms fighting for fair contract now face forced vote. Shame on @YorkUPresident#yorkustrike https://t.
Mar 29
RT @Local4948: The original #librarywarrior @4948President Maureen O'Reilly is retiring at the end of April! We are beyond grateful for her…
Mar 28
The original #librarywarrior @4948President Maureen O'Reilly is retiring at the end of April! We are beyond gratefu… https://t.co/EllpySkiYh
Mar 28
RT @CUPE2424: Mike Palecek, National President @cupw: “Here, where you have a university with a president that makes $400,000 a year while…
Mar 27
RT @torontolabour: DAY of MOURNING 2018 ---- FRIDAY, APRIL 27 11am in YorkRegion and 12noon in #Toronto #TOpoli #canlab #ONpoli https://t.
Mar 27
Looks like @cupe3903comms fighting for fair contract now face forced vote. Shame on @YorkUPresident#yorkustrike… https://t.co/MtkAq8zfJB
Mar 26
RT @cupe932: Library starts interviewing employees amid controversial restructuring @cupe2669#saskatoonpubliclibrary https://t.co/19Kmq75
Mar 24
RT @ama_rie @CUPEOntario president @FredHahnCUPE Speaking to #OMECC2018 delegates... Your actions can help to #keepservicespublic https://…
Mar 24
RT @Local4948: Precarious Retirement? No way #OMERS #Pensions @CUPEOntario @4948President#retirement https://t.co/CrbPGVjznL
Mar 23
Precarious Retirement? No way #OMERS #Pensions @CUPEOntario @4948President#retirement https://t.co/CrbPGVjznL
Mar 23
RT @CACOMedic: Full House #OMECC2018 Discussing the important services Cupe workers provide in municipalities throughout Ontario @CUPEOntar
Mar 23
RT @CUPEOntario: Municipal workers from across the province gather for #OMECC2018 - Service Over Self - to underscore the vital role they p…
Mar 23
RT @ama_rie: "Just because a job ends doesn't mean the end of work" says @trishhennessy#omecc2018 https://t.co/WTSttJ3qHV
Mar 23
RT @cupe_1764: Daniel Sheppard from Goldblatt Partners LLP speaks at #OMECC2018 regarding Bill 148 and the changes to #Ontario’s Employment…
Mar 23
RT @CACOMedic: Daniel Sheppard from Goldblatt Partners speaks at #OMECC2018 regarding Bill 148 and the changes to Employment Standard Act.…
Mar 23
RT @CUPE1883PREZ: Great hearing from @PeterStapper about #AODAfail at #OMECC2018. See a barrier to accessibility? Snap a pic & upload with…
Mar 23
RT @ama_rie @CUPEOntario president @FredHahnCUPE Speaking to #OMECC2018 delegates... Your actions can help to #keepservicespublic https://…
Mar 23
RT @ama_rie @CUPEOntario @FredHahnCUPE reminding delegates of #OMECC2018" that "at the local level politics matter #MunicipalElections20
Mar 23
RT @5167President: So happy to share our videos with #OMECC2018 @CUPEOntario Here's Franco. https://t.co/6nh0Mt9vF3
Mar 23
RT @CUPE2974: "We need to bring Hydro One back in to public hands...we need big corporations and the richest Ontarions to pay their fair sh…
Mar 23
RT @CUPE1883PREZ: Thanks for sharing with all delegates at #OMECC2018 @5167President! 100 years, wow! https://t.co/7EanduYsrp
Mar 23
RT @5167President: Congratulations to @CUPELocal5167 Executive Member Ann Jenkins who was acclaimed as @CUPEOntario#OMECC2018 Chair #CUPE
Mar 23
RT @CUPE2424: “The students I’ve spoken to are stressed, and I think that my colleagues and I are very concerned @stuart_j_murray said. “…
Mar 23
RT @KylePugh17: For some people, especially older patrons, the staff at public libraries may be the only source of social interaction. It g…
Mar 23
RT @Local4948: Toronto Public #LibraryWorkers visit the #YorkUStrike line. Respect #solidarity for awesome @cupe3903comms workers fightin…