Thank you to all library workers for their invaluable input to the Union during this crisis. The union office is temporarily closed, but the Toronto Public Library Workers Union Local 4948 is still available remotely for our members. Please do not hesitate to reach out. Read all communications from both the employer and the Union while the libraries are closed.
Stay safe. Look out for those who need help. #stayhome #flattenthecurve #covid19Toronto
The Toronto Public Library Workers Union has made a donation of $2500 to the Daily Bread Food bank on behalf of its members.
Visit https://cupe.on.ca/local79/ and support your Local 79 City Workers now who are fighting for a fair deal to protect their workers and the public service they deliver.
Thanks to all the members, friends and family who came out to march with the Toronto Public Library Workers Union Local 4948 for IWD 2020! Such a beautiful day!
Library Workers stand in solidarity at two recent rallies: on Februrary 22 at the Communities Not Cuts rally outside the Conservative policy convention in Niagara Falls, and on February 21 at the Education Workers rally at Queen's Park.
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.