Happy New Year from CUPE Local 1989

It’s been a huge two years for our union! Since the beginning of 2015, the Mississauga Library Workers have:
– engaged in a conversation about the future of our union,
– voted to separate from a composite local,
– applied for and been granted a new charter,
– written new bylaws,
– passed our first annual budget,
– found a physical space and created a union hall,
– completed our first audit,
– negotiated a new contract with no concessions,
– waged a successful strike, and best of all,
– brought home a new collective agreement with significant gains that we are very proud.

We couldn’t have done it without the strong solidarity our members feel for each other, the steadfast support of the labour community, and the support of the residents of Mississauga who rely on the services we provide.

Even as we look ahead with hope and optimism, we know that our successes stand out against a precarious landscape. Working people in communities across Canada are struggling, often at the brink of homelessness or fully in poverty’s grip.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has an excellent visual snapshot of what Ontarians faced in 2016, a story told in 10 infographics. The persistent gender wage gap, the grossly inadequate minimum wage, and the near absence of affordable housing, show us that Ontario has a lot of work to do.

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CUPE 1989 is proud to be part of the struggle for fairness, good jobs, and quality public services. Wishing you a Happy New Year full of strength and solidarity — and great public libraries.