Apr 27, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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Toronto Public Library workers could be out on strike – when the clock strikes 9 a.m. Monday.

Their union head, Maureen O’reilly, says she’s optimistic a deal can be reached but she’s also acutely aware that there is a strike/lockout deadline on Sunday.

Library workers went on strike briefly back in 2012.

Earlier this year, Toronto got negotiated agreements with its other workers – and Mayor John Tory maintains he is hopeful of a similar scenario with library workers.

The Monday, May 2nd strike deadline – or lockout deadline – came after CUPE local 4948 filed for a “No-Board” report – as negotiations continued.

A key issue is stability for part-time workers, who comprise half of the 2,000 unionized workers at the Toronto Public Library.

The union has been pressing for more full-time permanent positions.

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