Library strike ended

CUPE 1123 and Okanagan Regional Library workers come to a tentative agreement

  • Aug. 10, 2012 6:00 a.m.

The labour strife at local libraries has come to an end.

CUPE 1123 and the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) board have reached a tentative agreement.

All job action, which included cutting off the pull list, halted Thursday.

CUPE 1123 president Rose Jurkic says the union is glad that patrons can once again enjoy the full services of their local library.

“CUPE 1123 wants to thank the communities that have supported us throughout contract negotiations,” said Jurkic. “We look forward to the future and continuing to deliver quality public services.”

Negotiations began in the fall of 2011 and a strike vote was taken in April, over the past several months library workers engaged in job action in an effort to achieve a fair and reasonable collective agreement. The union’s ratification vote will be held Sept. 9.

CUPE 1123 represents over 155 front-line library workers at 17 ORL branches throughout the Okanagan, including Vernon’s new library.