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Library workers picket outside the Vancouver Public Library’s main branch at Homer and Georgia streets yesterday. They await negotiations with the city on Wednesday.


Negotiations between the City of Vancouver and its inside workers broke off this weekend, with both sides complaining about the other’s conduct.

During two days of talks, city officials spent only about two hours speaking face-to-face with the union, CUPE Local 15 president Paul Faoro told CKNW. He added that no senior managers who could have struck a deal were part of the city’s bargaining team.

City spokesperson Jerry Dobrovolny said the almost 23 per cent compounded wage increase proposed by the union is “completely unacceptable.” He also said the union wants a “no-layoff” guarantee.

Dobrovolny accused the union of being determined to have the strike last for “some time.”

Meanwhile, Vancouver public library workers picketed outside the main branch at Homer and Georgia yesterday ahead of talks between their union and the city that are expected to take place on Wednesday.

One picketer said librarians — a female-dominated profession, she pointed out — earn less than city workers with similar roles and education, such as clerks. She said they will be seeking pay equity.