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September 16, 2021

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation September 30th is a paid holiday CUPE Local 1169 executive fought and negotiated for and is reflected in the Collective Bargaining Agreement as follows:

Calgary Public Library clause 10.01 (a) The following shall be considered paid general holidays:  New Year’s Day, Alberta Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, 1st Monday in August, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and all general holidays proclaimed by the City of Calgary, the Province of Alberta and/or the Government of Canada.

Cochrane Public Library clause 16.01 The employer recognizes the following paid general “holidays”:  New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Alberta Heritage Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and all general holidays proclaimed by the Province of Alberta or the Government of Canada.

September 16, 2021

Earlier this year, the government of Canada officially passed legislation establishing a new federal statutory holiday entitled, The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to be observed annually on September 30th, beginning in 2021.  All federally-regulated employees will have a paid day off including library staff.  CUPE Local 1169 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) recognizes federal holidays.  Furthermore, the City of Calgary has also declared September 30th as a holiday and it is recognized in our CBA.

We can celebrate the day by wearing orange to honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada.

September 16, 2021

All month long, libraries and library partners across Canada are raising awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadian’s lives.  More than just a place to find books, libraries promote cultural awareness, engage in the community, provide educational programs, support freedom of expression and so much more!

Libraries are more than building and books.  They are about the people who use them and work in them.  Libraries are a vital part of our communities.  In our cities, schools, and post-secondary institutions, libraries offer high-quality services at the heart of our lives.  We demand that employers and governments at the provincial and municipal levels take action.  Library workers need your support.  Library workers bring your library to life.  Sign the pledge at

September 7, 2021

Mayoral Survey: Mayors set the direction for cities: on public health, on poverty reduction and pressing for key priorities on the agenda at city hall.

So what they think about the issues matter, even though they’re just one vote on council.

In this election, we have over 20 candidates for mayor. Because of this, the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good partnered up with friends and partner organizations to reach out to these candidates and get our questions answered.

You can review the final document, assembled by our friends at the Calgary Climate Hub, here.

These questions range from general public policy (such as climate change and the environment), their visions for the city, and a variety of specific topics (such as Basic Income, their support of being a Fair Trade City, and more).

September 1, 2021

On Monday, October 18th, Calgarians will vote to elect a new mayor and fourteen councillors to the Calgary City Council.  To get more involved in what you want to see brought forward to your new leaders, use website to take action on many important issues.