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Toronto Public Library ratifies four-year agreement

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The Toronto Public Library Board and the Toronto Public Library Workers CUPE Local 4948 announced the successful negotiation of a four-year collective agreement on May 6.

A potential strike by the union threatened to close all 100 TPL branches earlier this month. The board and the union reached a tentative agreement on May 1 that kept libraries open until the agreement was ratified. 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.

“We are pleased that we have reached a negotiated settlement,” said city librarian Vickery Bowles in a release. “The contract is fair to our employees and achieves the bargaining objectives set by the Board. We can now move forward and continue to focus on delivering excellent library service to Toronto residents.”