Toronto Public Library workers are in legal strike position after voting 86 per cent in favour of walking off the job.
“We have been negotiating with the Library since April and have not been able to come to a fair agreement," Maureen O’Reilly, spokesperson for Toronto Public Library Workers Union (TPLWU) and the chair of the bargaining committee for Local 4948, said in a release. “We want to maintain the kind of high quality community-based public library services our patrons have come to expect, and at the same time ensure that all library workers have good jobs,".
According to the union, about 50 per cent of the workforce is part-time with fewer benefits and it takes about six years to get full-time work at the Toronto Public Library.
This month marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of Canada’s do-not-call list. Over the past 12 months, millions of Canadians have registered their numbers on the list and filed hundreds of thousands of complaints with the CRTC, which is tasked with enforcing the law.
While the CRTC has found itself subject to considerable criticism for investigating only a small percentage of complaints and levying just a handful of fines for do-not-call violations, a review of tens of thousands of complaints obtained under the Access to Information Act reveals a potentially bigger problem.
Many of canada’s best-known companies have been the target of frequent complaints, yet are not subject to investigation due to the large number of exceptions found in the law. This has led to genuine dismay. With many people using a comment section in the complaint form to register their disappointment with the do-not-call list.
There are humdreds of complaints about automated calls promising cruise vacations or lawn care services. But the undisputed leader among reputable companies was Bell Canada, which alone was the subject of nearly 1,000 complaints. In fact, the wireless sector had the distinction of taking the top three spots, with Rogers and Telus ranking second and third respectively.
Hundreds of complaints were against Canada’s top financial institutions, and retailers including RBC, CIBC, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust and Sears.
Business exempt under the law similarly faced numerous complains. For example, Canadians lodged complaints against 27 different newspapers, despite the fact newspapers enjoy a full exception under the do-not-call legislation.
Similarly, there are blanket exceptions for survey companies, political parties, charities and newspapers. All of those organisations are permitted to continue calling until specifically asked to stop.
The result is that a system designed to restore consumer confidence may actually undermine–with many feeling helpless to stop unwanted telemarketing calls.
By: Robertson on 十月 13, 2009 at 8:55 下午
The legal way does not work with them. I leave the phone laying down so to use there phone bill, never spoke to them just walked away
A loud blast of a whistle does eventually work. Get a whistle and blow it through the mouthpeice that will stop them.