“This collective agreement was negotiated in unprecedented circumstances and I would like to thank both negotiating teams for their hard work in reaching a fair and reasonable agreement,” said Vickery Bowles, Municipal Librarian. “This new collective agreement will allow us to move forward and continue to focus on providing excellent library service to Toronto residents.” “We are pleased that CUPE Library staff have ratified this agreement, which was negotiated in an unprecedented time,” said Brandon Haynes, President of CUPE 4948, which represents 2,100 employees at the Toronto Public Library. Library staff represented by CUPE 4948 voted overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying a new five-year collective agreement that maintains job security and generates significant gains in human rights. “I thank cupE 4948 members for their patience in negotiating this agreement in times of upheaval,” said Haynes. “Thanks to their commitment to the public service and their union strength, we have been able to enforce this new collective agreement.” Please fill out this form, we will try to respond as soon as possible. The union and the TPL used the video conference to continue their negotiations throughout the pandemic and held about 15 remote bargaining meetings. In addition to guaranteeing its existing employment security provisions, the union also negotiated a revolutionary language regarding paid sheets for trans-confirmed care, as well as domestic violence and sexual assault. “We are proud to be leaders in these areas,” said Haynes. “Negotiated with this new language, our native reaffirms his commitment to human rights.” The five-year contract expires on December 31, 2024. Negotiated wages are in line with agreements with other unionized workers in the City of Toronto. Please copy this integration script and insert it where you want to integrate Haynes, and also highlight the success of ensuring new resources dedicated to health and safety. “This has been an important issue for us for a long time,” he said, “and we are committed together to prioritize and work to improve health and safety in libraries.”