Union rejects VIRL’s latest offer, strike escalating

March 24, 2022

BCGEU has rejected the latest offer from Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL). Following two nights of VIRL-requested mediation, during which VIRL put forward an offer it considers fair and respectful to our librarians, and sustainable for the communities it serves, regrettably the offer was rejected by the BCGEU bargaining committee 

BCGEU escalated its service-impacting strikes this morning, closing the following branches today: 

  • Campbell River 

  • Courtenay 

  • Cowichan

  • Nanaimo North 

  • Sidney/North Saanich 

  • Sooke 

VIRL’s fair and reasonable offer remains on the table and VIRL is committed to the Collective Bargaining process.  

More information will be provided as it becomes available. For the latest updates, including the current strike locations, visit virl.bc.ca/updates.


Media Contact David Carson, Director, Corporate Communications 250.327.3651 dcarson@virl.bc.ca