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Majority of workers didn’t agree with new library code: survey

A survey of frontline Kingston library workers, conducted by their union, found most did not support a new code of conduct that would have cracked down on loitering or sleeping patrons and those with “offensive body odour.”

Staff comments included with the survey by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which will be presented at this week’s library board meeting, described the new policy as “discriminatory,” “an embarrassment” and as causing “poor morale.”

The new code of conduct was passed by the board of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library on March 1.

More than 100 people, some under the banner of Libraries are for Everyone, attended the April board meeting to express their displeasure.

With the public outcry, the new policy was put on hold pending a review.

The president of CUPE Local 2022 representing 96 local library workers declined comment on the survey findings.

“I don’t want our workers to have any more problems,” Lori O’Connor told the Whig-Standard.

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