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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Feb 13
RT @ElemTeachersTO#SOLIDARITY from the Toronto Public Library Workers Union as they joined us on the picket line at @Tdsb_Eglinton. Th…
Feb 12
The Toronto library hosted Meghan Murphy. Now an Edmonton library trustee says she’s paying a price for speaking ou… https://t.co/LCUlPutLoe
Feb 12
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Feb 12
RT @ElemTeachersTO: Tomorrow, we’ll be joining 83,000 #ETFO members province-wide as we take strike action to defend our public ed system.…
Feb 10
RT @4948president: More Canadians Go To Public Libraries Than Movie Theatres @Local4948@cupenat@CUPEOntariohttps://t.co/CTAri
Feb 07
RT @4948president: Toronto #LibraryWorkers got to hear from @DesmondCole last night for the launch of his new book “The Skin We’re In”. G…
Feb 07
RT @torontolabour#Solidarity with #ETFO and all educators fighting for our kids, today and every day. If you pass a picket line, be sure…
Feb 05
RT @ETFOeducators: TODAY #ETFOstrike action continues in nine school boards because educators will not accept Ford's deep cuts to public e…
Feb 05
RT @SaraMojtehedz: Coronavirus outbreak highlights need to reinstate paid sick days, end sick notes, health workers say https://t.co/H7l4NW
Feb 05
RT @CUPEOntario: Solidarity with #OECTA members taking job action to protect vital public education services for students. Tell the Ford Co…
Feb 04
RT @fairwagesnow: Health officials are telling us to stay home if we're sick. But many workers would be fired or lose their pay if they do!…
Feb 02
RT @pressprogress: NEW: Three of Canada’s biggest newspapers are running expensive full-page ads paid for by a mysterious group using a ‘ma…
Feb 02
RT @LibrarianshipCA: Library workers face increasing violence on the job, Toronto Public Library figures show https://t.co/S5clSCxtNm Book…
Feb 02
RT @JILLSLASTWORD: Hi @Sfleece, Some quick notes. Stop trying to bribe parents with money our education system needs. EVERYONE…
Feb 02
Librarians face increasing violence on the job, Toronto Public Library figures show@4948president#Topoli ⁦… https://t.co/htVvKpcY70
Jan 28
RT @JILLSLASTWORD: Today is #HolocaustRemembranceDay and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. A solemn day to remember th…
Jan 26
#LibraryWorkers on the frontlines against threats to the very foundation of our library service @4948president No… https://t.co/BjHoRWBtcU
Jan 25
RT @AnotherStoryTO: We are thrilled to support the upcoming launch for @DesmondCole! Feb 5 at the @agotoronto. Featuring a reading & conver…
Jan 25
Fictional city councillor wades into Toronto contract talks | The Star #Topoli@4948president@cupelocal79⁩… https://t.co/sPHhnNpJMi
Jan 25
RT @CUPEOntario: Tell OMERS—don't touch guaranteed indexing: https://t.co/qvp7fXm2ai ️ There is a good chance there will be another attem…
Jan 23
Opinion | Is the Rob Ford style of labour negotiations still working? | https://t.co/4AQt4J92JY#TOpoli ⁦… https://t.co/N5IQ3tzPxS
Jan 21
RT @JILLSLASTWORD: "Cuts for kids is not allowed. We're gonna fight it. Fight fight fight." I'm so thankful to our educators @TDSB_Humewood
Jan 21
RT @CUPEOntario: Today @ETFOeducators at the Ottawa-Carleton, Toronto, and York Region school boards are on a one-day full withdrawal of s…
Jan 21
RT @cupelocal79: Local 79 members voted overwhelmingly for strike mandate on Friday: https://t.co/i9p2vKBpjq#TOpoli #Toronto #ONpoli
Jan 18
Underfunding @mypubliclibrary#Stafflesslibraries waiting in the wings. Please sign and share petition… https://t.co/RnYxcT0Y1F
Jan 18
RT @4948president: Have you sent a message to @JohnTory yet? Go to https://t.co/ND6yR5XF7N and tell him that #StafflessLibraries are a terr…
Jan 15
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Jan 13
RT @4948president: John Tory vows to make investments for children and families, to address root causes of violence in communities. Yet,…
Jan 11
RT @4948president: 18 million+ visits per year. Busiest library system in North America. Huge funding backlogs for maintenance and upkeep.…
Jan 11
RT @jpags: At the same time, there are big things not included, like @torontolibrary's ongoing attempt to fund their robust Open Hours plan…
Jan 11
RT @4948president: A library without staff is like a book without words! In solidarity with library workers across the pond @Local4948 #…
Jan 10
RT @4948president: Where the money goes... Funding for @torontolibrary way down on the list. Spending less now than we have before, not kee…
Jan 10
RT @4948president: City Manager states that an equity lens was applied to the budget for 2020, yet @torontolibrary Torontonians are faced w…
Jan 10
RT @4948president: Cuts to library hours from the days of amalgamation slowly inching back, but without addition resources such as staff to…
Jan 10
RT @maritstiles: 3 unions & mediators say your government isn’t making progress. Responsibility rests squarely at the feet of #Ford govt…
Jan 10
RT @kristynwongtam: The 2020 #BudgetTO process is about to begin & we want to hear from you! Join me @m_layton & @joe_cressy to learn abou…
Jan 10
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Jan 10
RT @osstf: Have a child starting high school next September? The Ford government's cuts are eroding the choices/options at schools across…
Jan 10
RT @maritstiles: Here’s the official release from #ETFO about escalating strike action. We are in the midst of the first province wide ed…
Jan 10
RT @CUPEOntario: On behalf of the 270,000 CUPE members across Ontario, we offer our deepest condolences to families, friends, and co-worker…
Jan 10
RT @JILLSLASTWORD: Happening now at the Mel Lastman Square we are attending a vigil in remembrance of the 176 people and 63 Canadians who p…
Jan 09
RT @cupenat: It is with profound sadness that we have learned that several CUPE members were among the victims of Wednesday’s tragic Ukrain…
Jan 09
TCEU Local 416 outside workers update. City asks province to appoint conciliator in negotiations with outside worke… https://t.co/9TEYk5RWHV