Earlier this evening, the Toronto Public Library workers’ union, CUPE Local 4948, announced that it would be going on strike, effective immediately. This comes after months of negotiations, including last-minute talks that went late into last night and lasted until 5 p.m. today. In a press release, the union said that a key bone of contention is job security. Job quality is also a known issue: the union’s leadership has long been critical of TPL’s dependence on part-time workers.
Toronto Public Library is saying that all branches and book drops will be closed during the labour disruption. All library events will be canceled, and anyone who rented a room in a branch will have their money refunded. No fines will be charged on overdue materials until the union returns to work. Most of TPL’s web services are expected to remain available for the duration.