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Toronto library workers heading to strike on Monday

Protestors outside the North York Central Library, March 23, 2012

Protestors outside the North York Central Library, March 23, 2012

According to the Toronto Star, 2,000 Toronto Public Library workers may be on strike as of Monday morning.

In January, the Toronto Public Library Workers Union, whose contract ended on Dec. 31, called for changes to working conditions as a result of proposed budget and staffing cuts. Close to 50 per cent of TPL staff are part-time workers.

Maureen O’Reilly, head of the union and co-chair of the CUPE Library Workers Committee, told the Star, “I am extremely concerned about the state of negotiations right now.”

A lockout or strike will close all 100 TPL branches.*


Correction, April 27: An earlier version of this story stated an incorrect number of TPL branches.