Once again, it’s budget time at City Hall. Mayor Tory and his Executive Committee have publicly committed to extending open hours of Our Public Library. That’s a great thing. What Tory won’t tell you, is that he will extend open hours by making them Staffless.
But it’s not a done deal. City Council must approve this plan first.
We are asking all Torontonians to send a message to City Council. Ask the politicians for a firm commitment that they will not support any motion, which will result in the spreading of Staffless Libraries.
Staffless Libraries were first introduced to the Toronto Public Library (TPL) in November 2018, as a one-year “Pilot Program.”
Currently, they operate in two neighbourhood branches, the Todmorden Room and Swansea Memorial. Almost everyone agrees TPL should be open longer.
Our Public Library plays a vital role in the health and wellbeing of Torontonians. Every year, there are more than 19 million visits to TPL – by far making it the busiest Public Library in North America. More than 950,000 patrons attend TPL’s 42,000 programs, a 40% increase since 2008.
Despite Toronto’s booming population and increased usage of TPL services, there are now 25% fewer Library Workers than there were twenty years ago.
Indeed, the threat of staffless libraries is real - but Local 4948 is prepared to fight back - and we need your help.
Please click here to send a message today - and share widely with friends and family.
January 20th, 2020
TPLWU President, Brandon Haynes, presents to the City of Toronto's Budget Committee.
He speaks to:
The City of Toronto employer has launched its own website for updates on collective bargaining. At present, the employer's bulletins address Local 416 and Local 79. The Toronto Public Library Workers Union Local 4948 is heading into collective bargaining shortly.
Library workers in the news: check out Lisa Peet's article in Library Journal: "Meeting Room Policy Protests in Toronto, Vancouver."