Library and its workers strike a deal

Okanagan Regional Library and CUPE 1123 have reached a tentative settlement in the ongoing labour dispute over a new contract.

The union representing workers at the Okanagan Regional Library, CUPE 1123, and the ORL board have reached a tentative contract agreement.

Details of the agreement will be released once the union and the ORL board have ratified the it.

CUPE 1123 president Rose Jurkic said as a result of the deal, all job action ceased as of Aug. 9 and the union is glad that library users can once again enjoy the full services of the local branches.

“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 between the two sides began in the fall of 2011 and a strike vote was taken in April. Over the past few months, library workers engaged in job action in effort to achieve a settlement.

The union’s ratification vote will be held Sunday, Sept. 9th.

CUPE 1123 represents more than 155 front-line library workers at 17 ORL branches throughout the Okanagan, including Kelowna, West Kelowna and Rutland.


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