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MARYLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY EMPLOYEES FIGHT FOR CHOICE FOR A VOICE

03.10.10

MARYLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY EMPLOYEES FIGHT FOR CHOICE FOR A VOICE

Library workers from across Maryland went to Annapolis yesterday to protest the hiring of “union avoidance” and lobby firm of Alexander & Cleaver by several Maryland counties to oppose legislation granting collective bargaining rights to county library systems. The librarians, represented by UFCW Local 1994, testified in Annapolis on Tuesday in support of the bill.

Click here http://www.dclabor.org/ht/display/ArticleDetails/i/83874 for more on this issue, including why Del. Tom Hucker (D, Maryland Dist. 20), called it “ironic” that “at a time of tremendous pressure on county budgets and serious budget cuts, the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators has found enough discretionary revenue to hire one of the most expensive firms in Annapolis to deny librarians the basic right to association and free speech.”

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EDITOR’S NOTE: First published by the Metropolitan Washington Council, an AFL-CIO “Union City” Central Labor Council whose 200 affiliated union locals represent 150,000 area union members. JOSLYN N. WILLIAMS, PRESIDENT.