Monday, February 2, 2009

South Hadley, MA Librarians May Choose a Union.


SOUTH HADLEY - The state Labor Relations Commission has denied the town's appeal of its decision allowing more municipal workers to participate in choosing a union for unrepresented employees than earlier agreed to by town and union organizers.

The decision was issued Jan. 23, with board members Marjorie F. Wittner, the chairwoman, and Elizabeth Neumeier participating.

"I'm delighted at the labor board's decision," Youth Services Librarian Marguerite A. Clancy, one of the employees trying to organize unrepresented town workers, said Wednesday. "I'm very pleased at how quickly they came to a decision." ...

Town employees have been working with Council 93 of the American Federation of County, State and Municipal Employees for the last two years to form a union representing Town Hall and other nonunionized municipal workers. About 50 are eligible to join a union that will be broken into clerical and professional units.

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