Kitimat library closed today due to picket line out front from Unifor workers

Striking Unifor 2300 workers set up outside the Kitimat library, prompting the library's CUPE members to stay away.

A picket line outside the Kitimat Public Library today, April 7, resulted in the facility closing down for the day.

An e-mail sent to members of Kitimat’s interagency meeting from the library’s executive director announced the closure for the day due to Unifor 2300’s presence.

Virginia Charron clarified in the e-mail that the library isn’t run by the municipality but rather as an association under the Library Act.

Unionized CUPE employees do work at the library and Charron said the library’s unionized workers chose not to cross the line in support with Unifor.

The rest of the week is anticipated to run normally, she said.

The District’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Warren Waycheshen said that the library is provided an annual grant each year from the District of Kitimat and the municipality is also in charge of maintaining the District-owned building.