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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

AFSCME President Salutes Library Workers For Resiliency, Dedication 'Even in the Toughest Times'


With libraries facing daunting budgetary challenges, President Gerald W. McEntee of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) commemorated National Library Workers Day today by thanking the librarians, library workers, technicians and support staff who have dedicated their lives to the goal of keeping America reading.

"Library workers care so much about literacy and learning, and their commitment shines through even in the toughest times," President McEntee said. "Unfortunately, the federal budget has under funded state and local governments for many years, and library staff and resources are often among the first to be cut. Yet library workers have shown tremendous resiliency, deftly adapting to the demands of the digital age and keeping our libraries running smoothly on shoestring budgets. Funding our libraries is a critical investment in our future, and it is incumbent upon our leaders to provide library workers with the pay, support and respect that they have earned."

AFSCME represents more than 10,000 workers staffing libraries nationwide-more than any other union. AFSCME has been a leading advocate for pay increases for library workers and for funding increases for the public facilities they operate.

On April 4th, National Library Workers Day, communities, schools and universities across the country are celebrating the contributions of librarians and library workers with special events. AFSCME is proud to take this opportunity to recognize an AFSCME affiliate and member recently honored by the American Library Association's Allied Professional Association for outstanding achievement in promoting salaries and status for library workers: AFSCME Local 1526 at the Boston Public Library (Council 93) won the award and Eileen Muller, president of the Brooklyn Library Guild, Local 1482 (District Council 37), received an honorable mention. The award is given annually to an individual, group of individuals or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to improving the salary and status of library workers.

AFSCME librarian members

AFSCME library workers in Erie, PA
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