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Newmarket, ON public library set to strike in New Year

Discontent brewing since summer boils over as 95 percent give bargaining committee mandate to strike.

Newmarket Public Libraryby CUPE

Newmarket, ON library employees may not get the restful Christmas holidays they deserve as the possibility of a strike set to begin on January 12th continues to be troubling. Union members are disgruntled that negotiations have taken so long but they are unwilling to give up their demands. An overwhelming majority of CUPE members are willing to take to the picket lines because of issues concerning volunteer workers, vacations, and wages.

"After a third day of conciliation, the membership of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) workers at the Newmarket Public Library asked the provincially-appointed conciliator for a "No Board".

"There will be one more day of mediation scheduled on January 11 with a strike deadline set at midnight. In a recent strike vote, the membership gave their bargaining committee a 95 per cent mandate to strike.

"The committee has found this process to be slow, frustrating and unproductive," said Judi Kidd, CUPE bargaining team member. "We have been going around and around these issues and, while we have been flexible during this process, we feel as though we are not being listened to."

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Posted: December 20, 2010

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