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Contract talks again break down in Essex library dispute

Library officials say they spent another two days talking with CUPE, but those discussions failed.
Striking library workers rally outside the Essex County Library brach in Tecumseh on July 14, 2016. (Dale Molnar/CBC)

The library strike in Essex County continues after contract negotiations once again fell apart. 

Officials from the Essex County Library Board issued a statement Wednesday night, saying they spent another two days talking with CUPE Local 2974, but those discussions failed.

Talks had resumed this week after the union, which represents the library workers, withdrew its complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board, which argued the employer had been bargaining in bad faith.

Workers have been on strike for 82 days and all 14 library branches in Essex County have been closed.

The 58 library workers have been on strike since June 25. The union claims the big issue is sick days.