Join our Rally
In working toward:
Fair wages and working conditions
at Saskatoon Public Library
And in opposition to:
an unfair restructuring process
across the Saskatoon Public Library system
Where ? City Hall Square
When ? Oct. 16th, 2017
Time ? 1 – 4 pm
Please help to offer your support to library workers !!
The Saskatoon Public Library has finally gone public with their plans for restructuring at the library. A full page ad appeared in the Star Phoenix on Thurs. Oct. 5 announcing a new “service model” and SPL’s CEO gave interviews to the media about their plans.
While the new service model is being described as community led and SPL is saying there will be a “place” after restructuring for all staff, Saskatoon Public Library workers are very concerned about their jobs and the future of public library services in Saskatoon.
The Saskatoon Public Library laid off 20 employees on May 30, 2017, many of these employees were subject experts who provided access to specialized library services. SPL has maintained 100% of its’ budget, no library funding has been cut.
Public Library workers are not the only ones concerned about the future of library services, prominent writers and historians have been expressing their concerns to SPL’s Board of Directors regarding the services available in Local History Department.
Guy Vanderhaege (pdf), Prof. Jim Miller (pdf) and Sharon Butala (pdf) have all contacted SPL’s Board of Directors to express their concerns.
Bill Waiser wrote about the value of the Saskatoon Public Library Local History Department’s services in an opinion piece for CBC news.
Saskatoon Public Library workers are concerned about the future of ALL public library services under the proposed new service model and restructuring at SPL. If you value the public library services you’ve enjoyed for many years in Saskatoon, please contact SPL’s Board of Directors (who are appointed by City Council), your City Councillor and the Mayor. Please show your support for Saskatoon Public Library workers!
We have new Facebook page where you can read about issues at the Saskatoon Public Library and post your support.
Concerned about how layoffs at Saskatoon Public Library will affect the services they provide? In partnership with CUPE National, Saskatoon Public Library workers have produced a flyer.
Elimination of Jobs at the Saskatoon Public Library
On May 30, 2017 the Saskatoon Public Library eliminated the jobs of 20 employees. As some of these jobs were part time and job shares, the reduction in employees at the library results in the loss of 14 full time equivalent positions. The positions eliminated include:
- Business Librarian
- Information Services Coordinator
- Fine Arts Coordinator
- Fine Arts Film Specialist
- Fine Arts Music Specialist
- Legal Librarian
- Literacy Librarian
- Local History Coordinator
- Music Cataloguer
- 7 Paging Monitor Positions
- 3 Public Service Clerk Positions
- Young Adult Services Assistant
All of the employees who jobs were eliminated worked at the Frances Morrison Central Library, with the exception of the Music Cataloguer who worked in the Collection Services Department.
The employees whose jobs were eliminated received less than 1 day’s notice, 2 ¾ day’s notice and 3 day’s notice.
Depending on how long the employees had worked at the Saskatoon Public Library, they will receive no pay, 4 weeks’ pay, 6 weeks’ pay, or 8 weeks’ pay. No employees were offered early retirement packages or pay packages for the elimination of their jobs.
Many of the people whose jobs were eliminated had worked for the Saskatoon Public Library for a very long time, some for over 30 years. Some employees had recently moved to Saskatoon to begin work at the library.
The people whose jobs were eliminated were responsible for performing a wide range of work for the Saskatoon Public Library. Many of the librarians and specialists whose jobs were eliminated worked with community organizations and/or were responsible for ordering and maintaining collections at the library. The people who worked in the Public Services Clerk positions whose jobs were eliminated worked the Circulation Desk at the Frances Morrison Central Library. The people who worked in the Page Monitor positions that were eliminated worked receiving and sending out library materials requested through the province of Saskatchewan’s Integrated Library System (SILS).
In March, 2017 another Saskatoon Public Library Public Services Clerk position which was held by CUPE 2669’s then President was eliminated; 3 paging jobs in the Local History Department were also eliminated.
CUPE 2669 and the management of the Saskatoon Public Library are attempting to develop a fair and equitable process for the employees who have lost their jobs and are qualified to “bump” into jobs that remain at the library.
Saskatoon Public Library has continued to advertise and fill non-unionized managerial positions including 2 new branch managers and a Director of Human Resources who began working at the library within the past 3 months. In July, 2 additional new library branch manager positions were created.
Saskatoon Public Library’s budget was not reduced in 2017; funding for the provincial portion of the library’s budget was restored on April 24, 2017.
The City of Saskatoon’s portion of the public library’s budget was also approved in a revised civic budget on April 24, 2017; funding to the public library was not cut.
Saskatoon Public Library’s CEO Carol Cooley has said the layoff of staff and the elimination of public library jobs they held are in preparation for the library’s 2018 budget and necessary to minimize the tax increase the library presents to City Council.
The City of Saskatoon’s Mayor and City Council have said that the jobs held by City of Saskatoon employees will be maintained despite the $9 million budget shortfall the City faces from the cancellation of the Government of Saskatchewan’s grants-in-lieu payments.
CBC: Saskatoon Public Library lays off 20 workers (May 31, 2017)
CTV: Saskatoon Public Library lays off 22 staff (May 31, 2017)
SILS Lending “may be a luxury that we are no longer able to afford in its current form.” says SPL CEO Carol Cooley
Saskatchewan Government Reverses Decision to Cut Public Library Funding
The Saskatoon Public Library plays an important role in our community providing critical access to information, services and programs for the people of Saskatoon. CUPE 2669’s members work hard to provide these services and are proud of the work they do.
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Introduction to Stewarding Workshop
Mon. Nov. 6, 6-9pm; Tues. Nov. 7, 9-4pm
Saskatoon, North Battleford & Prince Albert Locals
CUPE Saskatoon Area Office – 250 Cardinal Cres.
Registration Deadline October 23, 2017
What does a CUPE steward do? If you are a new steward and want to learn how to help CUPE members solve workplace problems, this introductory workshop is for you! In this workshop you will learn:
- The role of a steward
- Investigating workplace problems
- Dealing with workplace complaints
- Meeting with management
- Filing a grievance
- CUPE’s structure
Please remember all CUPE workshops are a Scent Free environment