This Is What Mississauga Library Workers Got

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As of today, Mississauga's libraries are now open!

While the strike was no doubt difficult for everyone and especially hard for people who need the facilities to work and study, it was, thankfully, relatively short-lived.

Yesterday, the Mississauga Library Board and Mississauga City Council ratified a four-year collective agreement with the union (CUPE Local 1989).

“It is great to have our employees going back to work so our libraries can reopen," said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, in a press release. "We know that residents will be excited to take advantage of library programming, facilities and services."

The terms of the memorandum of settlement include:

* An increase in the Page wage rate to $15 per hour, effective September 1, 2015.

* Annual general wage increases, over four years:

o 0 per cent (effective April 1, 2015)

o 1.75 per cent (effective October 1, 2015) (excluding Pages)

o 1.75 per cent (effective April 1, 2016)

o 1.75 per cent (effective April 1, 2017)

o 1.75 per cent (effective April 1, 2018)

As for reopening details, all library facilities are set to open with regular hours at 1 p.m. today (July 27). Book drops opened yesterday at 3 p.m. and late fees for material due during the strike are waived until Aug. 17. All regular programming will resume on July 28.

Enjoy the libraries, everyone!

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