"Library workers, Terry Lippincott said, are “energized. They’re motivated. You don’t want to mess with a librarian.”"
Sno-Isle Libraries Employees United intend to join AFSCME Council 2.
In interviews, workers cited inconsistent policies, safety issues and lack of a say in decision-making as reasons for unionizing.
“There’s no mechanism here for us to review anybody higher up than us,” said Abby Reveles, a librarian at the Arlington branch. “So we get really entrenched managers who are not supporting the people that are working for them the way that they’re supposed to.”
"Libraries are also on the front line of public health crises like homelessness and drug use," said Michael Rainey, AFSCME Council 2 president.
“The fact that library employees are having to be trained in treating people with Narcan,” Rainey said, “that is a cultural thing that we’re facing that most people don’t see.”
A SILEU press release said the union had “supermajority support … exceeding well beyond the 50% required to file for card check union recognition” in Washington.
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