Essex County Library Staff Reject Final Offer, Board To Re-Open Select Branches

Tuesday December 13th, 2016

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Essex County Library staff have rejected the Essex County Library Board’s “final offer” during a Ministry of Labour supervised vote.

“We are extremely disappointed with today’s outcome” said Richard Meloche, Chair of the Essex County Library Board. “We have provided CUPE with our best offer, one that is reasonable and fair. We are extremely disheartened that we were unable to end this disruption”.

The Library Board says they now plan to focus on returning library services to the communities of Essex County in January.

“It is unfortunate that our library workers do not want to return to work, but library services are important to our communities, so we have a plan to re-open select branches for limited hours” said Meloche.

Details of the branch opening schedules will be released in the near future. “We want to thank our residents and our patrons for their continued patience, support and understanding during these difficult past few months” said Meloche.

No new talks are planned with CUPE 2974.0. “When they are ready to consider the comprehensive sick plan that has been implemented for a number of other employee groups, we will be ready to continue discussions” confirms Meloche.

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