The ALA-APA Council passed a living wage resolution for library employees at the American Library Association meeting in Anaheim, California. On Monday, June 30, the ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers, represented by incoming chair Patty Anderson, brought forward a resolution supporting the annual updating of the $40,000 minimum salary for librarians and recommending a salary of $13 an hour for library workers, also to be updated annually.
The $40,000 minimum is to be updated by ALA-APA using the All-Urban Consumer Price Index (CPI), the standard measure for inflation of goods and services, which is adjusted monthly to reflect price inflation; the $13.00 is to be adjusted annually in relation to the Federal poverty guidelines. The resolution passed after some discussion.
ENDORSEMENT OF A LIVING WAGE FOR ALL LIBRARY EMPLOYEES AND A MINIMUM SALARY FOR PROFESSIONAL LIBRARIANS
WHEREAS, the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) Council, at its January 2007 Midwinter Meeting, adopted a resolution entitled “Endorsement of a Nonbinding Minimum Salary for Professional Librarians;” and
WHEREAS, the resolution resulted in a nonbinding endorsement of a “minimum salary for professional librarians of not less than $40,000 per year;” which, adjusted for inflation now amounts to $41,680, and
WHEREAS, the ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers is charged “to guide ALA-APA activities in support of better salaries, comparable worth, pay equity, and similar programs related to the status of librarians and other library workers;” and
WHEREAS, the aforementioned Standing Committee sees the need to strengthen ALA-APA’s position with regard to wages and salaries for all library employees, and with regard to variable costs of living over time and across geographical locations; and
WHEREAS, a living wage is defined as “net” or “take home” pay earned during a full-time workweek, not to exceed forty (40) hours per week. A living wage provides for the basic needs (housing, energy, nutrition, clothing, healthcare, education, childcare, transportation, and savings) of an average family unit; and
WHEREAS, the family of four Federal poverty guideline for 2008 is $21,200, a recommended minimum hourly wage of $10.20 is necessary for a full-time, year-round worker to exceed the poverty guideline and sustain a basic living; and
WHEREAS, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the All-Urban Consumer Price Index (CPI), the standard measure for inflation of goods and services, which is adjusted monthly to reflect price inflation; now, be it
RESOLVED, that the American Library Association- Allied Professional Association endorses a minimum entry-level salary for professional librarians of $41,680 that is adjusted annually according to the latest cost of living index/CPI data; and, be it further
RESOLVED, that in recognition of the skills and competencies required of all library workers, the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association endorses a minimum wage for all library workers of at least $13.00 per hour, to be adjusted annually in relation to the Federal poverty guidelines."