Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

September 19, 2013 13:24 ET

Love libraries? Join the campaign for a revitalized, resourced Toronto Public Library during Word on the Street!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 19, 2013) - After four years of cutbacks to Toronto's world-class library system, members of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union (TPLWU), Local 4948 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) want library lovers from all walks of life to join them in a campaign for a revitalized and resourced Toronto Public Library this week at the annual Word on the Street festival.

"Even in the face of years of cuts under the Ford administration, our public library system endures, but now is the time for people who love their public library to join together to reinvest in a revitalized Toronto Public Library," said Maureen O'Reilly, President of TPLWU (CUPE 4948).

The library workers' booth at Word on the Street will provide library lovers with an opportunity to join the Our Public Library campaign. A photo booth will be set up so library lovers can get their picture taken, complete with a message of support.

As well, more than 50 authors from the Writers' Union of Canada and library-loving Toronto City Councillors will be on hand at the library workers' booth to show their support. There will also be raffles and prizes throughout the day.

Word on the Street takes place this Sunday, September 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Queen's Park, which is located at the intersection of Wellesley Street and Queen's Park Circle. The library workers' booth is Number 160.

You can learn more about the Our Public Library campaign by visiting

Contact Information

  • Maureen O'Reilly
    TPLWU President

    Kevin Wilson
    CUPE Communications