Happy Summer, Everyone.
The Executive Committee of your union, CUPE Local 932, would like to thank all of the members who came by to see us during the Staff Day poster sessions. Thank you for verifying and updating your contact information. It is important that your union keep accurate contacts so that we can always reach out and keep members informed on labour changes and policies. It was great being able to reconnect with friends and meet new members who have not had the chance to make it to a meeting yet.
Another way of keeping our members informed of your union’s activities is through social media. CUPE 932 has Facebook and Twitter accounts – CUPE Local 932 & @cupe932. If you haven’t done it yet, like and follow both accounts.
Aside from posting updates about our local, CUPE, labour actions and public libraries, we’ve also been posting news and articles about Hamilton. We’ve recently posted an article about the challenge that food banks face during the summer. It is during this season that donations go down for them but the need increases because the kids are home.
Your Executive has decided to make a donation of $200 to Neighbour to Neighbourhood banks on behalf of CUPE Local 932. We are also encouraging a food drive at your location. Members of the Executive will come around and pick up any donations of non-perishables or gift cards and deliver it to our Barton Branch for their Little Free Pantry.
Thank you in advance for what is sure to be a successful campaign!
The 2018 Library Workers Conference will be held on March 20 and 21 at Richmond Hill, ON. This year’s theme is Sex, Drugs and Bed Bugs.
Usually, the Executive Committee members attend the conference but this year we would like to extend an invitation to the general membership.
What happens in this conference?
The conference is attended by representatives from various CUPE Library Locals – public and academic. During the conference, aside from the keynote speakers, each local shares the highlights for their system from the previous year — this could range from stories about their contract negotiations to scheduling issues in their system. Attendees share best practices and you end up getting to know people from other systems. They eventually become valuable resources not just for Union matters but also for daily tasks we have in the workplace.
If you’ve attended general membership meetings last year and would like to be more involved in the union, attending this conference is a great first step to get an idea of what kind of commitment and work being involved entails.
In the December membership meeting, the nominations for President was closed and our sister, Mandy Bullard has been acclaimed as CUPE 932’s new president. With Mandy’s acclamation, one of the Vice President positions is now vacant.
Nominations for Vice President will be opened in the next membership meeting which will be on January 22, 2018 at the Sherwood Branch.
As per Section 8, paragraph b) of our By Laws, “At least one (1) but no more than two (2) of the Vice-Presidents must be a part-time staff member.” Only part-time staff are allowed to be nominated.
If you are interested and/or have any questions, please contact any member of the Executive Committee.
Health & Safety Committee Member Election
Specifics for the election will be announced soon. Updates will be posted here and on Facebook and Twitter.
Sisters and Brothers,
It is that time of the year again when we take pause and become merry and jolly. May love, peace and happiness fill your lives during the holidays; and may prosperity fill the new year.
From our family to yours — Happy Holidays!
In your service and in solidarity,
Your Executive Committee
It has happened.
Hamilton Public Library is the first public library system in Canada that has gone staffless.
Our employer has been very careful to not use the term “staffless” in this whole ordeal.
We were presented with the following terms: Rural Service Model, Extended Access, Extended Hours and Freelton Pilot Project. It all meant the same thing; the Freelton Branch opened on October 26 at 9:00 am without any staff present.
They tried to appease us by increasing the number of staffed hours in Freelton from 17 to 24 hours every week. This does not change the fact that there will be 36 other hours during that week when staff is replaced by technology and essentially, space.
The strength of our library system is not solely based on access to library materials. Our system is successful because we have people who deliver exceptional customer service every day. And in spite of the membership witnessing the decimation of full-time jobs and have had to get used to the always looming threat of precarity, they have remained with the system because they see the positive effects their daily interactions have with the patrons.
We agree that rural branches should have longer open hours. The City of Hamilton is continuously expanding and new communities are sprouting on its outskirts. But the message that is being conveyed with this Rural Service Model is that the rural community does not deserve to have more staff to attend to their needs. They can only have them part of the time. We hope that when you need assistance in filling out that PDF form for the government, or when you want to know the author of that blue book that you like, or when an emergency happens in Freelton, it would be during that 24 hours that a staff is present. How much cheaper was it to make Freelton “staffless-ready” versus putting a person there during those unstaffed 36 hours?
HPL’s Strategic Priorities of being a Community Beacon, being Relevant and Responsive and being a Creative and Changing Organization all touch on the concept of creating affirmative customer experiences by engaging with them and ensuring that their needs are anticipated. How will these strategies bear fruition if their finest champions are taken out of the equation?
We are not happy that we are the first.
Bill 148 – Changes to Ontario’s Employment and Labour Laws
On June 1, the Ontario government introduced Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017.
These changes are the culmination of years of mobilizing and lobbying among union members, worker advocates, anti-poverty activists, faith leaders and many more.
But our work must continue. This is a once in a generation opportunity to achieve major labour law reform so we must continue fighting to get the changes that workers in this province deserve.
CUPE has created a fact sheet that provides overview of the changes we will be focusing our lobbying effort towards.
There are public hearings that are coming up in a number of communities across the province. The bill is expected to pass this Fall and as the process unfolds, CUPE will be providing further information.
Labour must have a strong voice and presence at these consultations. The committee will benefit from hearing how this legislation will impact working people across the province.
If you have not already done so, please register to make an oral presentation when this committee meets in your community, or in a community near you.
For the member of CUPE 932 who are interested in making an oral presentation, please contact any member of the Executive Committee.
Please be advised that the ratification meeting will now be at the Turner Park Branch.
Meeting will still be on Friday, February 10 at 6:00pm. Presentation will begin at 6:30pm.
The venue change is due to a sold out event at FirstOntario Centre on the same night. This sold out event will make parking difficult and, if you do locate one, it will be expensive. We apologize for this inconvenience and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Turner Park.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jennie Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org