wmtc: ontario librarians: should the ola support staffless libraries?

This week, the Toronto Public Library announced plans to open libraries with no staff. Not just no librarians — we’ve seen that in many places — but no staff whatsoever. This was bad enough, but we were further horrified to see that the Ontario Library Association, a membership-based organization that is supposed to further the interests ...

wmtc: fun with bag signs: in which i am photographed removing garbage from my neighbourhood

Are there bag signs where you live? In Mississauga and perhaps most suburban places, people put up bag signs advertising services. The signs are cheap to buy and easy to post. They are also illegal. To me, they are the Nexus of Evil: advertising plus visual pollution plus polyethylene waste. I have called 311 to ...

wmtc: fight for 15 and fairness: brampton forum for decent work

After our members returned to work, but while I was still on staycation, I attended a community event organized by labour activists in Peel Region. It was a beautifully planned event, with music and food and lots of opportunities for participation. In Ontario, the Fight for $15 & Fairnessis focused on the Ontario Ministry of ...

wmtc: fight for 15 and fairness: brampton forum for decent work

After our members returned to work, but while I was still on staycation, I attended a community event organized by labour activists in Peel Region. It was a beautifully planned event, with music and food and lots of opportunities for participation. In Ontario, the Fight for $15 & Fairnessis focused on the Ontario Ministry of ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 18 (we have a deal!)

The Strike Is Over – We Have A Deal! The Bargaining Team is very pleased to announce that we have reached a settlement! This is a “tentative settlement,” pending ratification by our members, then the Library Board, and Council. The Bargaining Team is very happy. We are proud of the contract we are bringing home, ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 18 (we have a deal!)

The Strike Is Over – We Have A Deal! The Bargaining Team is very pleased to announce that we have reached a settlement! This is a “tentative settlement,” pending ratification by our members, then the Library Board, and Council. The Bargaining Team is very happy. We are proud of the contract we are bringing home, ...

wmtc: from the front line, day 17

I am very pleased to announce that we had an encouraging afternoon at the table — enough that we are meeting again tomorrow. So finally, something hopeful to report. Maureen O’Reilly, President of 4948, TPL Workers Union, and Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario, were instrumental in breaking the impasse and getting us back to ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 17

I am very pleased to announce that we had an encouraging afternoon at the table — enough that we are meeting again tomorrow. So finally, something hopeful to report. Maureen O’Reilly, President of 4948, TPL Workers Union, and Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario, were instrumental in breaking the impasse and getting us back to ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 16

Picketing Today I received great reports from our members who said Good Morning at the executive garage. Picketing at Central in general is going very well. Don’t forget to make leafletting and speaking to the public your top priority. In addition, we hit two locations today: Meadowvale and Courtneypark. Meadowvale “Fun Times at Meadowvale today! ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 16

Picketing Today I received great reports from our members who said Good Morning at the executive garage. Picketing at Central in general is going very well. Don’t forget to make leafletting and speaking to the public your top priority. In addition, we hit two locations today: Meadowvale and Courtneypark. Meadowvale “Fun Times at Meadowvale today! ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 15

Libraries Rock! What can you say when 50 schoolkids march to your picket line holding signs they made to support us, chanting “Kids Say: “LIBRARIES ROCK!“??? What a day! The Dufferin-Bloor Hub camp does one social justice lesson each summer, and this summer, that lesson was US! The kids learned about labour rights, a little ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 15

Libraries Rock! What can you say when 50 schoolkids march to your picket line holding signs they made to support us, chanting “Kids Say: “LIBRARIES ROCK!“??? What a day! The Dufferin-Bloor Hub camp does one social justice lesson each summer, and this summer, that lesson was US! The kids learned about labour rights, a little ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 13

We spent more time in the community this week, speaking to Mississauga residents about our cause, and giving the gift of free storytimes. Here are some reports. Malton “I had a customer tell me yesterday that he calls 3-1-1 everyday to find out when the library will be open. He asked what else he could ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 13

We spent more time in the community this week, speaking to Mississauga residents about our cause, and giving the gift of free storytimes. Here are some reports. Malton “I had a customer tell me yesterday that he calls 3-1-1 everyday to find out when the library will be open. He asked what else he could ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 12

While Ribfest took over Celebration Square, CUPE 1989 members had another satisfying day in our communities. The managers that the City has assigned to “monitor” us (their word) and the special outside security detail came along for the ride. Because, you know, library workers are a big threat to public safety. In our members’ words ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 12

While Ribfest took over Celebration Square, CUPE 1989 members had another satisfying day in our communities. The managers that the City has assigned to “monitor” us (their word) and the special outside security detail came along for the ride. Because, you know, library workers are a big threat to public safety. In our members’ words ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 11

On Thursday, striking Mississauga library workers visited various branches in the system to talk with members of the community. Here are some reports and pictures. Clarkson “Our group was quite small, but had a big impact. We saw many patrons that attend our programs regularly. Many were picking up children from camp and were happy and ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 11

On Thursday, striking Mississauga library workers visited various branches in the system to talk with members of the community. Here are some reports and pictures. Clarkson “Our group was quite small, but had a big impact. We saw many patrons that attend our programs regularly. Many were picking up children from camp and were happy and ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 10

Five of our members reported on the early-morning disruption of traffic coming into the parking garages! Report #1: As we were picketing the entrance to the Civic Center parking garage this morning, word came down that Library Director Rose Vespa was spotted in the line of cars — we created a back-up as far as ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day 10

Five of our members reported on the early-morning disruption of traffic coming into the parking garages! Report #1: As we were picketing the entrance to the Civic Center parking garage this morning, word came down that Library Director Rose Vespa was spotted in the line of cars — we created a back-up as far as ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day nine

Yesterday, we did this! The cacerolazo was awesome! We had so much fun banging and honking and marching. We were loud and proud — and you know our Employer was listening! Thanks to everyone who helped make this special afternoon/evening happen. Look for videos on Facebook and Twitter. Once again, we had great support from ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day nine

We had quite an eventful day! 1989 making noise!!! The cacerolazo was awesome! We had so much fun banging and honking and marching. We were loud and proud — and you know our Employer was listening! Thanks to everyone who helped make this special afternoon/evening happen. Once again, we had great support from CUPE Ontario and ...

wmtc: from the front lines, day eight (signs!)

wmtc: from the front lines, day eight (signs!)

wmtc: from the front lines, day eight

Another amazing day!