Dear CUPE Member --
CUPE library workers need your help. Under BC’s Restart Plan, libraries could have already reopened, yet many are still closed with no plans to reopen until September or months into the fall. With library spaces and services closed, thousands of workers remain on lay-off when most, if not all, could be back at work.
Our public libraries are vital to the health of our communities. They provide programs and services that can’t be found anywhere else and will play a key role in our province’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reopening public libraries will give our communities a place to safely reconnect; where those who have lost jobs will again have resources to help with their job hunt; and families can access low-cost entertainment and learning opportunities.
I’m encouraging everyone that values our public libraries to visit betterlibraries.ca, and to please take a moment to send a message to your mayor and council. Let them know you want more public library services and programs reopened with proper protective measures.
Our public libraries are more important than ever. We need them opened safely and quickly so they can get back to providing the unique services and programs our communities depend on.
President, CUPE BC