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Negotiations Stalled for Woodstock Public Library Workers

Employees at the Woodstock Public Library will be in a legal strike position on September 21st if a new deal is not reached soon.

WOODSTOCK - Employees at the Woodstock Public Library will be in a legal strike position on September 21st. 

The Woodstock Public Library Board and the union representing employees have been negiotating a new contract. According the CUPE Local 1146 the Library Board rejected the Memorandum of Settlement with no explanation given. The two sides have had one conciliation meeting to renegotiate the terms of the collective agreement, which was unsuccessful. The two sides will be meeting again later this month in a final attempt to reach an agreement. 

Library employees will be in a legal position to commence strike action on the 21st if a deal has not been reached. In a statement from CUPE Local 1146 they are asking for the public's support for the front line staff at the library. 

"The front-line staff at the Woodstock Public Library go beyond their call of duty, spending their own time and resources to provide the public with the quality services they deserve. We all care deeply about our library and our community. We do not wish to close the library to go on strike as we recognize the negative impact this would have on our community. We, the employees of the Woodstock Public Library, are asking for the support of our community to help to avert strike action by demanding our employer to accept the Memorandum of Settlement that was ratified by the membership on May 22, 2018."

We will provide you with more information on this developing story in the coming weeks. 

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