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CUPE 4951 Welcomes 50 Workers from Prince George Public Library

April 12, 2021 GMT

PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 12, 2021--

Nearly a decade after its last organizing drive for the same group, CUPE 4951 has finally welcomed Prince George Public Library (PGPL) workers to their local following an overwhelming certification vote in favour of joining the union, confirmed on April 7.

The 50 new members are librarians, library clerks, library techs and library assistants, as well as security, finance and IT staff.

CUPE 4951 President Lily Bachand said the Local is happy to welcome these workers to the union after facing challenges during the last organizing drive in 2012.

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“We are excited to have this group from the PGPL coming into the Local and we value what they bring to the table,” she said, noting that the new members join an existing group of CUPE library workers at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) and at the Fort St. James Public Library.

Bachand praised CUPE Organizing and member organizers for their efforts on the ground. While CUPE 4951 Second Vice-President Leanne Yearley coordinated card gathering and information package handouts, the library workers themselves were key to the campaign’s success.

“The group that really drove this effort was the organizing committee made up of six current library workers who talked to their co-workers and got the word out, which really helped the process along,” said Bachand.

Including the newly-organized PGPL workers, CUPE 4951 now represents more than 400 members who also work at CNC’s Prince George and five satellite campuses, the District of Fort St. James, and the Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre.

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Lily Bachand, President CUPE 4951: 250.565.4913 

KEYWORD: NORTH AMERICA CANADA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT STATE/LOCAL

SOURCE: Canadian Union of Public Employees

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PUB: 04/12/2021 12:06 PM/DISC: 04/12/2021 12:06 PM

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