Vancouver librarians walked off the job yesterday while the city agreed to return to bargaining with its inside workers today.
“CUPE 15 and the city have mutually agreed to hold face to face meetings in an effort to end the strike,” said city spokesman Jerry Dobrovolny.
While North Vancouver and its employees also agreed yesterday to resume talks, Vancouver libraries were closed down indefinitely.
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“We’re going to stay out until we bargain our contract,” said CUPE 391 President Alexandra Youngberg.
She said the union has been frustrated by the city’s unwillingness to directly negotiate local issues.
Vancouver is instead approaching bargaining through the Greater Vancouver Regional District Labour Relations Bureau, she explained.
Pay equity and job security are big concerns, she said, noting that library workers are primarily female.