October 21, 2009

Local writers to stir it up in defense of public libraries

VANCOUVER—Curious book lovers might wonder what Caroline Adderson has in common with Stan Persky, or how David Chariandy might interface with political columnist Bill Tieleman. But these four writers, along with Larissa Lai and Carellin Brooks, will comprise the panel on Thursday night for what promises to be a lively discussion on public library funding and why the local integrity of library collections needs to be defended from BC Liberal cutbacks and the contracting out of services.

October 8, 2009

Library workers take 'dare' from Stephen Lewis

VANCOUVER—Members of CUPE 391 (Vancouver and Gibsons Public Library Workers) have joined a unique campaign by the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help raise funds to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa.

This month (October 17-25), thousands of Canadians will take part in a nationwide challenge, called "A Dare to Remember" in which participants choose a dare - it could be funny, sporty, healthy - then ask others to sponsor them. This financial support can help families and communities turn the tide of AIDS in Africa.

September 28, 2009

Word on the Street: Library services matter

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC had a big presence, and CUPE 391 activists were on hand to greet the public, at the annual Word on the Street festival held on Sunday (Sept. 27) at Vancouver Public Library's Central branch, Library Square.

September 17, 2009

Unionized library workers seek collective agreement

New CUPE local says job security, job equality are high priorities during tough times

CRESTON—The 15 employees of Creston Public Library are seeking a new collective agreement after ratifying a certification vote to be represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, says the president of the new local.

August 24, 2009

‘Reduced cuts’ no win for public libraries: CUPE BC

BURNABY— Funding cuts for B.C. libraries, announced last week by the BC Liberal government, are not as deep as first feared but will still have a negative impact on public libraries throughout the province, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

“Our public libraries are a huge asset to the province, so the government should be investing more in them, not less. Instead, we’re seeing funding cuts of 22 per cent,” says CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill.

August 12, 2009

CUPE launches campaign to stop library cuts

BURNABY—With the B.C. Liberal government announcing its budget on September 1, and cuts to operating grants for B.C.’s public libraries expected to be on the agenda, CUPE is part of a province-wide campaign to fight the cuts.

As part of the campaign, CUPE BC has launched a web page and will soon be holding a phone campaign urging British Columbians to write to their MLAs in opposition to the funding cuts.

July 23, 2009

CUPE BC monitoring Liberals on library funding

BURNABY—CUPE BC is keeping a close eye on the Ministry of Education amid speculation that public libraries throughout the province could see their funding slashed in the next BC Liberal budget.

Concern was raised earlier this week when Public Eye Online, a political investigative website, released a letter to Premier Gordon Campbell from Andy Ackerman, president of the BC Library Trustees Association.

June 29, 2009

North Vancouver library workers ratify first agreement

NORTH VANCOUVER— The 115 members of CUPE 389 who work at the North Vancouver District Public Library have voted to accept their first collective agreement.

The ratification vote, held yesterday afternoon, passed with 93 per cent support.

“We’re very pleased to be able to conclude this first agreement,” said CUPE 389 president Cindy McQueen.

June 8, 2009

First agreement reached for North Van District library workers

NORTH VANCOUVER DISTRICT—After a year of bargaining, approximately 135 library workers who are members of CUPE 389 have reached a settlement with the North Vancouver District Library on a first collective agreement.

Negotiations for the contract, which will cover library workers at three branches throughout the district, began on June 20 last year and ended on June 5 (Friday).