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TPLWU represents the 2,100 full and part-time library workers at the Toronto Public Library

Our Members

TPL staff serve the world’s busiest urban public library system, with more than 17.5 million visits a year to our 100 branches.

Our members are highly educated and dedicated professionals who reflect the diversity of our city and who devote their careers to preserving, organizing, enhancing and making more accessible the vast reservoir of human knowledge found in our libraries. Collectively, they are one of Toronto’s most valuable public resources.

Our Roots

Our roots as a union go back nearly one hundred years to the early days of the 20th century, when Toronto Civic workers began organizing. We are affiliated with the Canadian Union of Public Employees as Local 4948.

Toronto Civic Workers on Strike - 1972 


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@4948president: Congrats to our very own Jinkie David for her appointment as Treasurer this evening at the @torontolabour delegates’ meeting. Jinkie is a dedicated activist and will serve well as a representative for workers in Toronto and York region. #librarywarrior https://t.co/nliwiqFrHD
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@MJWadden: @4948president @CUPEOntario @Local4948 Great article! Unfortunately, this experience of harassment extends to all library workers, including some very young pages shelving books in remote areas of our libraries.
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@4948president: Powerful words from Nancy, Cameron, and Eila as they share their frontline experiences of rising levels of violence and harassment. Thank you for bravely coming forward to speak. Libraries in Ontario should be safe spaces. ⁦@CUPEOntario⁩ @local4948 https://t.co/4izPtEfybO
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@Viveca_G: Sexual harassment, intimidation and violence on the job for #libraryworkers No one should have to face this at work. ⁦@Local4948⁩ #healthandsafety #topoli https://t.co/2qh1wZpEsr
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@4948president: Attending the Filipino Youth Fellowship graduation. This important project links Filipina/x/o youth w civic action at @cityoftoronto to build skills and leadership to make change. Congrats to all the graduates! @UARRToronto @NeethanShan @shelleycarroll @McKelvieWard25 @JohnTory