The Executive Committee is the principal administrative body of Local 4948. It consists of the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary-Treasurer and the Recording Secretary. They are elected by the membership every three years by way of a secret ballot vote.
What We Do
The Committee conducts the daily business of the Local. It makes the decisions and takes the actions necessary to protect the work-related interests of the members; all in accordance with the Local’s By-laws and the National CUPE Constitution.
The Committee works closely with the rest of the Executive Board to ensure that all members’ views are heard and their concerns addressed.
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I have worked at the Toronto Public Library for over 15 years, most recently at the North York Central Library in the Business, Science, & Technology department.
One of my earlier experiences with the Union took place when, as a Site Monitor for the “Leading to Reading” after-school program, I was informed by management that they were eliminating my position.
Thankfully, the Union was there for me and made sure there was a process in place for my redeployment. Without the Union, I could have lost my job.
I decided right then that I needed to give back to my Union. I wanted to join the fight to advocate for libraries and help protect the Library Workers who deliver top-notch service to the world’s busiest urban library system!
Since that time, I have been involved with the Union in various roles, including sitting on the Health and Safety Committees, the Executive Board, and as the Ontario Representative and Co-Chair for CUPE’s National Library Workers’ Committee. I was elected President of TPLWU, Local 4948, in November 2019.
The strength and resolve of Library Workers, and from the communities we serve, inspires and motivates me to be a proud advocate for libraries and for the membership I humbly serve.
Emma Lee, Vice-President (Acting)
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I was hired by the Toronto Public Library in 2005. Like so many of our members, I spent the first 13 years as a part-time worker, picking up extra shifts where I could; at branches all over the city before finally securing a full-time permanent position in 2018.
My involvement with the union began in 2013 when an Executive Board member asked me if I was interested in becoming a Steward. I agreed to run and shortly after became a Steward for the North.
It wasn’t until 2016, however, when was selected as one of four young precarious workers to be on the Bargaining Committee that I truly began to understand the purpose and strength of the union.
I learned how unions are intertwined into the political environment of this city. I saw first-hand how unions could fight to raise the standards of living for their members and society.
In 2018, I joined the Local’s Executive Board as North Area Chair. Three years later, I accepted the position of Acting Vice-President.
Over the years, I’ve coordinated many political and issue-based campaigns within our union, including the Toronto Public Library Workers’ campaign against Staffless Libraries. I also represent the Toronto Public Library Workers on the Toronto and York Region Labour Council’s Women’s Committee, the Chinese Workers Network, and the Municipal Committee’s Election Planning Committee.
I am proud to be a member of this union and am driven by its social and economic goals.