Cancel the Staffless Extended Hours Project in Kingston Libraries!
Please support library workers of CUPE 2202 & 2202.01, and our allies in the Kingston Labour Community, as we call upon the Kingston City Council and the Kingston Frontenac Public Library Board to cancel the staffless extended hours project at the Pittsburgh Library Branch. Join this campaign by sending a letter to the Mayor, City Councillors and Library Board Chair. You can use our template letter, or write your own. Enter your details and click start writing to see our template letter!
The Pittsburgh Library Branch is currently closed on Mondays and Fridays. The extended hours project proposes to open the branch on those two days with a staffless model. No current staff members are losing employment with this proposal.
Implementing a staffless library model creates inequities and will disadvantage those in our community who experience systemic barriers. Library staff must be available to help with accessing library resources, providing technological assistance and connecting people with the information they need. Without staff members in the branch, library patrons will be at greater risk to their health and safety. Surveillance cameras, a video phone and panic buttons cannot replace the value of trained staff members on the premises. Additionally, a lack of supervision could result in a greater risk of violence or harassment for women, children and members of equity-seeking groups.
No to Libraries without Library Staff!