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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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@GraphicMatt: Looking at these budget numbers, it’s really hard to imagine a scenario where Tory is able to leave in 2026 with city finances (and city services) in a good, sustainable place. This is all very grim. And it’s going to be worse for the next mayor.
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Just posted a photo https://t.co/46Mq81Q6Vx
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@cupelocal79: “#Toronto’s rapid growth has made @cityoftoronto jobs more complex and demanding. The City’s slow response to ensure adequate staffing levels has increased workplace stresses, while wages have fallen behind,” said Local 79 President @CaseyBarnett79 https://t.co/1KjAjpOwUg #TOpoli
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ALA Announces 2023 'I Love My Librarian Award' Winners Congratulations to all the winners! #LibraryWorkers make libraries work! ⁦@cupenat⁩ ⁦@CanadianLabour⁩ ⁦@UrbanLibCouncil⁩ ⁦@ULUNYChttps://t.co/iFUpIBgFHP
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The Budget Committee at Toronto City Hall gathered to hear the first day of deputations. More deputations to come tomorrow. Screen grab of @4948president and Political Action Committee Member Emma present to hear Budget Committee discussions about the Library budget. https://t.co/0JNNArfIVn