Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

January 14, 2014 15:00 ET

The Provincial Government must commit to public libraries-CUPE

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwired - Jan. 14, 2014) - The union representing library workers across Newfoundland and Labrador says the closure of the public library in St. Lunaire-Griquet demonstrates a colossal lack of planning on the part of the Provincial Government.

Dawn Lahey, President of CUPE Local 2329 which represents public library employees in the province, asks, "How long have they known that they would require new library space in St. Lunaire-Griquet? They've obviously known about the school closure for quite some time. Why was there no plan in place to either maintain the library in the current building or move it to another space immediately?"

The library has actually been closed since December 31, 2013 when the school in the community was closed and no other space had been found to house the community library.

Lahey says, "Libraries are essential to communities, especially rural communities. They provide access to a range of services that improve the lives of their patrons. Patrons can use high speed internet and other technology, including digital cameras, not to mention the library collection and inter-library loans.

"To close a library and applaud the $5,000 annual savings as Minister Jackman seems to have done is incomprehensible. For us it demonstrates the lack of commitment this government has to properly funding the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board," she says.

Says Lahey, "It's time government stepped up with appropriate funding for the library system in general, but also with an immediate move to reopen the library in St. Lunaire-Griquet."

Contact Information

  • Dawn Lahey
    President, Local 2329
    (709) 693-3843

    Dawn Learning
    CUPE National Representative
    (709) 753-0732

    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Representative
    (902) 455-4180 (o)