Library staff, members of CUPE Local 2067.1, have a new employment contract with the Windsor Public Library Board. Members ratified a four-year settlement last week with the WPL Board following suit at a special Board Meeting March 30, 2016. The local represents 62 librarians, clerks, cataloguers, and building operations staff. The contract with CUPE Local 2067 expired December 31, 2015.
The contract provides for a 1.25 percent wage increase retroactive to January 1, 2016 and 1.25 percent on January 1 of the following three years. The contract runs from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2019.
Windsor Public Library Board Chair, Dr. Peter Frise, expressed satisfaction with the outcome. “It was a challenging set of negotiations. The Windsor Public Library Board appreciates the timely ratification of the contract that focused on improving customer service and the effort of both sides to reach a new agreement. The commitment and dedication of all staff – on a daily basis – is to be commended,” he said. “We were mindful of a responsibility to the tax payer as well as a responsibility to bargain a fair and equitable contract.”
“The new contract addresses scheduling and hours of operation which will enable us to better serve the community, as well as an overhaul of the grievance process which required updating,” said WPL CEO Kitty Pope. “I would like to thank the CUPE 2067.1 Negotiating Team for recognizing our vision to enhance the lives of all Windsor residents and provide us the flexibility to continue the positive transformation of the Windsor Public Library system.”