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VIRL Librarians Deserve Respect

Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) librarians were without a contract since December 2020. Bargaining did not begin until September 2021. Seven months after starting bargaining and almost seven weeks after starting job action, members of the BC General Employees’ Union (BCGEU) working as librarians for the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) voted almost 90% in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement. The new four-year agreement is effective from December 31, 2020, to December 31, 2024, and the new terms are retroactive to its start date.


On April 11th, the bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with their employer and ratified the agreement on April 19th. On April 20th, the VIRL board ratified the collective agreement and job action will no longer continue.


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