“I thank the members of CUPE 4948 for their patience as we worked to negotiate this agreement at a time of upheaval,” said Haynes. “Thanks to their commitment to the public service and their strength as a union, we were able to secure this new collective agreement.” Librarians represented by CUPE 4948 voted overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying a new five-year collective agreement that will maintain job security and achieve significant human rights gains. “This collective agreement was negotiated in unprecedented circumstances and I would like to thank both bargaining teams for their hard work in resulting in a fair and reasonable agreement,” said Vickery Bowles, City Librarian. “This new collective agreement will allow us to move forward and continue to focus on providing excellent library service for Toronto residents.” “We are delighted that CUPE library staff have ratified this agreement, which was negotiated in unprecedented times,” said Brandon Haynes, President of CUPE 4948, which represents 2,100 employees of the Toronto Public System Library (BPD). Haynes also highlighted the success of securing new resources dedicated to health and safety. “This has been an important topic for us for a long time,” he said, “and we have now secured a shared commitment to set priorities and work to improve health and safety in libraries.” In addition to guaranteeing its existing job security rules, the union has also negotiated some groundbreaking languages on paid leave for trans-affirmed care, domestic violence and sexual assault. “We are proud to be leaders in these areas,” said Haynes. “With this new language, our indigenous people reaffirm their commitment to human rights.” Please fill out this form, we will try to respond as quickly as possible. .
The union and the TPL took advantage of videoconferences to continue their negotiations during the pandemic and hold about fifteen remote bargaining sessions. The five-year contract expires on December 31, 2024. Negotiated wages are consistent with agreements with other unionized workers in the City of Toronto. Please copy this embed script and insert it in the place you want to embed….