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August 10, 2012

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Okanagan library workers reach tentative agreement

KELOWNA—CUPE 1123 and the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) board have reached a tentative agreement. Details of the agreement will be released once the union and the ORL board have ratified the agreement.

CUPE 1123 president Rose Jurkic says all job action has ceased as of August 9thand the union is glad that patrons can once again enjoy the full services of their local library.

“CUPE 1123 wants to thank the communities that have supported us throughout contract negotiations,” says Jurkic, “we look forward to the future and continuing to deliver quality public services.”

Negotiations began in the fall of 2011 and a strike vote was taken in April, over the past several months library workers engaged in job action in effort to achieve a fair and reasonable collective agreement. The union’s ratification vote will be held Sunday, Sept. 9th.

CUPE 1123 represents over 155 front-line library workers at 17 ORL branches throughout the Okanagan.

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