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Strike Averted at Woodstock Public Library

Employees at the Woodstock Public Library have a new contract in place after a last minute settlement.

WOODSTOCK - Woodstock Public Library employees have avoided a strike after reaching a last minute deal with the Library Board.

Workers ratified the deal on Thursday night, just hours before a strike deadline. 

Unit Chair of CUPE 1146 Joanne Bachelor says members voted overwhelmingly in favour to ratify the deal on Thursday night. 

"During the final round of the negotiations the board brought to us the original memorandum of settlement that we signed off on in May and we took it to our membership right away and ratified it." 

Bachelor says she is still not sure why the Board backed out of the deal they agreed on in May in the first place. 

"Truthfully I don't really know because all of the board decisions about personnel are made in camera, we don't know why they denied the memorandum of settlement in May, so I really don't know why they accepted it now, we are just really grateful that we are able to get back to work." 

Woodstock Public Library workers would have been in a legal strike position today if a deal had not been reached on Thursday. 

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