Thursday, September 3, 2009

Toledo-Lucas County Public Library to Cut 10% of Work Force

Between 30 and 35 workers — up to 10 percent of the work force in the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library system — will be jobless next month, library officials announced September 2, 2009.

Association of Public Library Employees. UAW Local 5242 - Region 2B.
Communication Workers of America Local 4319, which represents circulation clerks, custodians, maintenance workers, and book processors.]
“Members should know that the economy is tough right now and everybody is suffering,” said Harry Johnston, a representative from Communications Workers of America. His union represents clerks and custodians. “We’re working very hard with the governor’s office to get funding and restore those positions,” he said of the pending layoffs.

In 1984, staff members of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library felt the need to become an organized bargaining unit. Looking for more say in their jobs, better safety, increased job security and respect, the Association of Public Library Employees was organized. APLE was officially recognized to represent librarians and other professional staff in 1987.APLE in 2003 joined the UAW.

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