|Library Workers Rally|
|Written by Sharon Vanhouwe|
|Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:18|
The 2 hundred and 50 members of CUPE are still trying to hammer out a new collective agreement and it's been 29 months now.
And they were anything but quiet at the Library downtown today (Wed).
CUPE's national representative was in town to rally the members and Rhonda Hiesler told the crowd the 2, 2 and 3 per cent wage increase the Library Board is offering is paltry compared to what management is being paid.
She says reading the wages of managers in the City's Public Accounts is like watching an episode of "Hoarders", one is shocked by their heart of darkness but it's hard to look away.
Heisler says one third of the 2 hundred and 50 library workers make between 9 dollars, 50 cents an hour to ten dollars, and are part time so there are no benefits.
She says the union has sent the employer some meeting dates for October, but hasn't heard back from them yet.
Heisler says the union has a strike mandate in place and it's an option they are looking into.