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Toronto library workers to hold 'read-in rally'

03/25/2012 12:36 EDT | Updated 05/25/2012 05:12 EDT

Toronto library workers are holding a “read-in rally” on Sunday afternoon, as the ongoing strike reaches into its eighth day.

The rally is taking place outside of the Toronto Reference Library, which is located at 789 Yonge St., just north of Bloor Street. It begins at 2 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to bring a copy of their favourite Canadian book to participate in the “read-in and rally with picketing library workers of CUPE Local 4948.”

Maureen O’Reilly, president of CUPE Local 4948, will attend along with members of the Canadian Writers’ Union.

Library workers went on strike last Sunday after a breakdown in negotiations between their union and the city.

The union has said that job security is a major issue for librarians, half of whom hold part-time positions.

Since the strike began, the city’s 98 library branches have been shut down, though many of the library's online services are still operational.

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