V Knits

My name is Venus. I knit as much as possible, while juggling work and various other activities. Currently, my yarn sprees hinder my ability to save up for trips and other important things. But I'm not apologizing.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

On Strike! It's Sam's Strike!

July 26th 2007 - First day of strike for CUPE Local 391
Approximately 400 people from the membership were present.

In the pursuit of job security, pay equity, benefits and improvements for part-time/auxiliary workers! The workers of the Vancouver Public Library have been on strike since Thursday, July 26th in the hopes that the Library Management Team (LMT) and the GVRD will return to the bargaining table. Currently, CUPE Local 15 and Local 1004 are also on strike. This city-wide strike has been dubbed "Sam's Strike" because of the actions (or rather, inaction's) of our Mayor Sam Sullivan.

Below are some of my fellow library workers on the picket line.

(From Left: Lani and Alexei)

(From Left: Sherry, Jaspal, Ian, Al, Lara, Stephen and Ron-o-tron.)

Our Bargaining Committee has been hard at work, constantly encouraging our management team to return to the bargaining table to discuss our issues.

This post is not completely without knitting content though! There are many avid knitters that work at the library and they were out in full force as well!
Knitting in Solidarity!

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Blogger Erin said...

Knitting on strike!!! What a fantastic idea! I hope negotiations go well for all of you!

7/30/2007 7:26 a.m.  
Blogger Basement_Bob said...

Some of us are doing that and sewing during the strike....
Hanging in there, I'm hoping something will be done by this weekend!
- CUPE 15 member in solidarity -

8/03/2007 8:07 p.m.  
Blogger STILLEDUST said...

love your pictures!
your close-ups and colors are really awesome. great stuff.
we want more! (hehe)

8/17/2007 11:34 a.m.  
Blogger Heather said...

I sent your link to Betsy Greer at betsy@craftivism.com. She is writing a book about knitting in an activist way and would be very interested to hear more about the library workers knitting during this stike.
I just found out about your group yesterday when I went to Word on the Street and was drawn irrestistably to your table. Great project and best wishes for a successful resolution to the strike (in the worker's favour.)

10/01/2007 11:53 a.m.  

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