Saturday, February 16, 2008

BC Library locking out workers; all branches to close

Bad News For the Greater Victoria Public Library, where all 8 branches are expected to be closed indefinitely as of Sunday at 5 p.m. after the library board voted Wednesday to lock out unionized employees.

The move is the latest step in a five-month-long labour dispute between the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 410.

The labour dispute "is to the stage where the library can no longer operate viably," said library chief negotiator Ron Brunsden.

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