Knowing Your Rights: Libraries and Labour


In a time when workloads have never seemed heavier and resources more scarce, many of us feel overworked, under-appreciated, and frustrated. One approach in achieving better work-life balance is becoming empowered through knowledge about the policies, collective agreements, and processes that shape our work. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the scope of their rights in their workplaces as members (or prospective members) of collective bargaining agents (unions). To gain a deeper, practical understanding of their own workplace context, participants are encouraged to bring a print or digital copy of their own union’s collective agreement. Possible topics to explore include: free speech in the workplace and beyond; code of conduct policies; workload and overtime; access to professional development; performance reviews; job descriptions; and discipline and termination.


Colleen Bell / Christina Neigel

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