Libraries across Mississauga back in business Wednesday

Libraries in Mississauga are reopening Wednesday, July 27, 2016 following an 18-day strike. (Photo: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post)
Libraries in Mississauga are reopening Wednesday, July 27, 2016 following an 18-day strike. (Photo: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post)

BY KELLY ROCHE

Bookworms, rejoice: libraries across Mississauga are officially opening Wednesday at 1 p.m.

“It is great to have our employees going back to work so our libraries can reopen,” said city manager and CAO Janice Baker in a statement.
“We know that residents will be excited to take advantage of library programming, facilities and services.”
A collective agreement – given the green light by union members Monday – was ratified by the library board and city council Tuesday.
About three weeks ago, 96 per cent of CUPE Local 1989 members who voted were in favour of striking, beginning July 4.
A tentative deal was struck last week.
Baker calls the agreement “fair to both employees and taxpayers.”
Details are now being released, with wages increasing for library pages to $15 an hour, effective Sept. 1.
Annual wages are being increased by 7 per cent over four years as follows:
  • 0 per cent (effective April 1, 2015)
  • 1.75 per cent (effective Oct. 1, 2015; excluding pages)
  • 1.75 per cent (effective April 1, 2016)
  • 1.75 per cent (effective April 1, 2017)
  • 1.75 per cent (effective April 1, 2018)
Programming resumes Thursday and all late fines for material due during the strike are waived until August 17.
@qewsouthpost
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