Toronto’s Librarians Seem to Expect a Lot

Today we were inconvenienced by the Librarian’s strike in Toronto. Well, not very inconvenienced. We just went down the street to a cafe, which I prefer anyway. Still, I decided to find out what’s happening.

The talks collapsed Sunday over the issue of job security. Fortified by a library-loving public, union president Maureen O’Reilly is gambling that a strike will pressure the city into protecting a greater number of workers from potential future job cuts.

Under the collective agreement that expired on Dec. 31, no permanent library worker could be laid off in the event of outsourcing or technological changes. The city’s outdoor workers enjoyed similarly ironclad protection.

Wow. I have to think that most people will agree with Councillor Paul Ainslie:

“We got to a point where, looking at the job market in Toronto and across Canada, they were asking for a level of job security that I don’t think anyone working a part-time job has, or would expect.”

On another note, I’ve always been extremely unimpressed by the selection of books at public libraries. Librarians seem to be of the view that as long as people are reading something, that’s a good thing. So I don’t have much sympathy for librarians.

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