Toronto library workers say they’re heading for strike

April 27, 2016 12:39 pm

More than 2,000 library workers will strike Monday, shutting Toronto’s 100 branches, unless the city gets serious about negotiating a new contract, their union says.


With a strike or lockout possible at midnight Sunday, talks are at a “crisis point,” Maureen O’Reilly, president of CUPE Local 4948, told reporters Wednesday.


“I am extremely concerned about the state of negotiations right now,” O’Reilly said, and if they don’t improve library staff will be on picket lines Monday instead of opening branches.


She called on Mayor John Tory and other civic leaders to tell negotiators they need to strike a fair deal and keep the libraries open.


Their contract expired Dec. 31. Talks for a new deal began in early February.


In 2012, after negotiations broke down with the Rob Ford administration, library workers went on strike for 11 days, shutting branches across the city.


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