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Mississauga libraries closed after contract talks break down

CityNews | posted Monday, Jul 4th, 2016

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All libraries in Mississauga are closed after contract talks broke down between the city and the union over the weekend.

Members of CUPE Local 1989, Mississauga Library Workers Union, went on strike at midnight.

It’s not clear when the 18 libraries will reopen.

No late fees will be charged during the labour dispute. Online services, like e-books, will still be available.

The union said the city is offering a 1.5 per cent wage increase, after 0.5 per cent wage increases in both 2014 and 2015.

Not only is that increase below the increase to the cost of living, the union said, CUPE also argued that 2014, the library director received a 7.3 per cent increase.

Most members are part-time, with no benefits, no paid sick time, and no paid vacation.

In a statement, the City of Mississauga said they are working for a “collective agreement that is fair and competitive to our employees and our taxpayers.”

Negotiations began in June of last year.

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