CUPE Celebrates Library Month

October is Canadian Library Month, a time to celebrate library workers and the vital public services they provide to all Canadians.

See more information about Library Month

Library workers deliver quality programs and services that are at the heart of the community. But library workers face challenges that negatively impact service delivery including reduced funding, program and service cuts, reduced staffing levels, increased workloads, and precarious work. But library workers are fighting back and winning!

Various provincial and municipal governments have tried to slash millions of dollars in library funding in recent years. But successful CUPE campaigns have eliminated the cuts altogether in most cases.

Library workers are also successfully exposing the downside of staffless libraries that require no staff. Staffless libraries hurt quality library services, threaten jobs, and reduce safety and security. CUPE 4948, the Toronto Public Library Workers’ Union, has launched an online campaign available at to combat the threat of staffless libraries.

We encourage all members and locals to celebrate libraries all year-roundCampaign materials include a new bookmark and poster, with our theme Library Workers Bring Your Library to Life, which are available at

Librarian Letter of Understanding Vote Result

A Special Meeting for Librarians was held on March 3rd, 2019. At this meeting the Bargaining committee presented the Librarian membership a Letter of Understanding (LOU) that was bargained between the Union and Management. The Librarian membership in attendance at this meeting voted unanimously in favour of accepting this LOU.  This LOU is now part of the Collective Agreement.

There are still some finer details that need discussion which the Labour/Management committee will be working on.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the Executive.

Download the 2019 Librarian LOU#7 (PDF)

Librarian Transition Ratification Vote

Librarian Transition Ratification
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Newton Library

9:30 AM Doors open
9:45 AM Meeting starts

The Letter of Understanding (LOU) will be presented with a short Q&A period followed by the vote.

The Bargaining Committee unanimously recommends the LOU. We strongly urge librarians to come and vote. Please do not be late.

Please note: only librarians are eligible to vote.