More bargaining turmoil in Calgary

Library workers walk out of talks after ‘insulting’ offer

CALGARY – The union representing library workers in the City of Calgary has walked away from the bargaining table after the city offered a wage deal lower than that rejected by two other groups of civic workers.

CUPE 1169 President Elsa Gee says the union will seek the assistance of a mediator and will consult and coordinate with other union groups looking for wage increases.

“The deal we were offered today is insulting,” said Gee. “It’s less than the city is offering other groups. Less than those other groups that have turned them down. Apparently, the city believes library workers are immune from record inflation.”

Gee says the City has offered 7% wage increases over three years, which is lower than the 9% offered to CUPE Locals 37 and 38, and rejected by both groups.

“This doesn’t come close to addressing the needs of employees,” said Gee. “Calgary Public Library workers are facing unprecedented financial challenges. Many are struggling to make ends meet, relying on food banks, and are deeply worried about paying their rent and bills.”

“Despite these hardships, employees remain dedicated to their work and the public services they provide to the citizens of Calgary.”

“The work CUPE members do is vital to the functioning of our city. However, the city must understand that employees are stretched thin and can no longer bear the financial strain they are under.”

“We urge the Calgary Public Library to recognize and address the critical needs of their employees.”