City of Mississauga, library workers reach tentative deal to end strike
Details to be released after agreement is ratified, city says
The City of Mississauga and the union representing the city's library workers have reached a tentative agreement to end a strike that shut down the city's libraries earlier this month.
The city announced the deal Thursday night in a news release.
"The tentative settlement will be presented to the members of CUPE Local 1989 for ratification. It will then be presented to the Mississauga Library Board and Mississauga City Council for ratification," the release said.
The city says the details of the agreement will be released after it is ratified.
The workers walked off the job after rejecting an offer from the city on Friday, July 3. Mississauga's libraries were closed the following Monday.
That offer included a 1.5 per cent wage increase, the union says — up from increases of 0.5 per cent in both 2014 and 2015.
But the local noted those raises fell below the increased cost of living; last year, inflation was pegged at two per cent, according to Statistics Canada.
The union said it struck for "a fair contract for all members," more than half of which work part time and have neither benefits, vacation nor sick time.