|Library, SEIU strike deal
The Sonoma County Library announced that a new three-year contract was ratified by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1021 and adopted by the Library Commission on Nov. 6.
Tim May, Chair of the Library Commission, issued the following statement to staff upon adoption of the new agreement: “We are grateful that we have successfully concluded negotiations. Never during this process has the Commission lost sight of the sacrifices that you have made during the years of our declining income. Your concessions have been a major reason that the library has been able to be open as many hours as it has. The Commission is aware and appreciates that the library system as a whole continues to be understaffed and that the public continues to benefit from your extraordinary effort to make things work. Your dedication is remarkable.”
Since 2009, the library staff experienced three years of pay reductions through furlough days and other concessions including the rollback of a 2 percent Cost of Living Adjustment that was scheduled for 2009-2010. Also, most staff members have worked a Tuesday through Saturday schedule since the library began closing on Mondays in July 2011.
Interim Co-Directors Jaime Anderson and David Dodd also expressed their deep appreciation to the library staff. “Our staff are truly amazing in their dedication to providing excellent public service to the community. We’d also like to recognize staff who work behind the scenes to support all the services, technology, and programs the library offers to the public.”
They added, “Although the library reduced its hours over two years ago, we continue to experience a high level of use from Sonoma County residents who turn to the library in difficult times for access to free Internet, job-seeking resources, books and entertainment. ”