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Mississauga library workers enter 3rd week of strike, looking for ‘living wage’

‘Almost 30 per cent of our membership earns only pennies above minimum wage,’ says union president

Mississauga’s striking library workers say they’re living under the poverty line while city executives rake in six-digit salaries that are “out of control.”

The unionized city workers have been on strike for three weeks after 96 per cent of them voted to strike and turn down an offer from the city that would have increased their wages by 1.5 per cent.

But CUPE Local 1989, the union representing them, said those raises fell below the increased cost of living. Last year, inflation was pegged at two per cent, according to Statistics Canada.

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