Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

August 09, 2011 16:43 ET

Media Advisory: Toronto Public Library Workers Union, CUPE Local 4948 to hold weekly 'project rescue' information pickets

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2011) - Toronto Public Library Workers Union, (TPLWU), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4948 has implemented a weekly series of information pickets at libraries across the city.

"We are dedicated to offering the best public library system in the country, if not the world," said Maureen O'Reilly, president of Local 4948.

"The controversy surrounding the core service review and the public polling we have done has confirmed that Torontonians do not support cuts to public libraries. Seventy-five per cent of the public we polled said if they knew their councillor had voted for a library closure, it would affect their next vote.

"We need to build on this support and make sure we give the public as much information as we can about the proposed cuts to public libraries. Every Wednesday throughout August, we will be holding information pickets in front of library branches to hand out materials and collect more signatures to add to the list of 44,000 Torontonians that have already signed.

"Our work will not stop with August. We will work through the fall and we have a number of interesting projects coming – including a contest, participation at community events, and Word on The Street on September 25.

The public is invited to join library workers in their pickets.

WHO: Library workers and supporters
WHAT: Information pickets and petition signing
WHEN/WHERE: Wednesdays – August 10 and August 24 –from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m. at the North York Central Library at Mel Lastman Square
WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, August 17 from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Toronto Reference Library, Yonge St., a block north of Bloor

Contact Information

  • CUPE 4948
    Maureen O'Reilly
    4948 416 440-7981, Ext. 4800

    CUPE Communications
    Wendy Forbes
    416 292-3999