Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Vancouver Librarians in Legal Strike Position

From Library Workers "bargaining blog:"
At 9:55 AM tomorrow (Tuesday, July 24th) there will be a one hour study session at the Central branch for all CUPE 391 members working at the Central branch. The location of this study session will be the Level II QIS booth.

Continuing throughout the rest of tomorrow and Wednesday there will be one hour study sessions at every branch. Job action committee will communicate with each branch as to day and time.

These study sessions will effectively close the branch in which it is being held for the duration of the session (apprx. 1 hr.).

July 24, 2007.
The Vancouver civic strike report:
The union that represents Vancouver's library workers, CUPE 391, is also in a legal strike position for the first time in 77 years, according to president Alex Youngberg. Today and tomorrow, the union will stage one-hour walkouts at the city's 21 branches, starting with the Central Branch today at 10 a.m., to inform workers about bargaining issues.

"If after that we can't convince the employer and the GVRD [Greater Vancouver Regional District] to come to the table then we're really going to escalate strike action and branches will close," Ms. Youngberg said. Two library branches, Joe Fortes and Britannia, were closed yesterday due to CUPE 15 pickets.

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