Earlier today, CUPE Local 2329 organized demonstrations at six libraries in the province to protest drastic provincial budget cuts including the closure of more than half of the province’s public libraries. Demonstrations were held at Corner Brook Public Library, Kindale Public Library in Stephenville, Harmsworth Public Library in Grand Falls-Windsor, A.C. Hunter Public Library in St. John’s, Mount Pearl Public Library, and Labrador City Public Library. Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library workers handed out pamphlets and buttons that read “Premier Ball: Closing Libraries is just like burning books!”
Many library users stopped to show their support for libraries and to take buttons, including NDP leader Earle McCurdy.
Some of the facts being distributed by CUPE included:
- “54 libraries to close…to save less than Ed Martin’s severance package”
- “Savings per branch a paltry $18,500”
- “Are the people of Fogo Island and the 53 other communities that are losing their libraries worth $18,500 a year?
CUPE and NLLA encourage library supporters in this province to contact Education Minister Dale Kirby and let your voice be heard: