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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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@stephvanstralen: Great job @4948president and Steven Burdick of @Local4948 speaking at the mic at #CUPE2021 about the important services library workers deliver to their communities and why we should reject staffless libraries.
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@torontolabour: In less that 2 weeks, Labour Council and @myseumTO will come together for a special virtual event – Derailed: The History of Black Railway Porters in Canada 👉 SIGN UP: https://t.co/GIWerln3KQ This will be an incredible look into a group of workers who disrupted the system https://t.co/ND0yKghO8Y
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@4948president: Looking forward to attending this event. We need a just recovery from this pandemic in T.O. if the City truly wishes to Build Back Stronger. @torontolabour @TCBN_TO @ros_powell @27ChrisCampbell @Local4948 https://t.co/DGvPkJgFLS
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@LibrarianshipCA: The Toronto Public Library houses one of the planet’s biggest science-fiction archives https://t.co/y9V7fA8H9q At @torontolibrary's Merril Collection, take a deep dive into a science-fiction archive that’s out of this world https://t.co/x1bSkFSBQW
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@torontolabour: IN JUST TWO DAYS #labour joins community activists from diverse movements and backgrounds to speak out for #ClimateJusticeNow. Join us at Queen's Park at 1pm Saturday! #JustTransition #COP26 #canlab @ofl @canadianlabour @UARRToronto @TOenviro @TOforfuture https://t.co/9eUjfI62gr