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LibraryTrustees Ratify Three-Year Contract with Clerical/Maintenance/Technical Employees


POLAND (April 24, 2013/For Immediate Release) -- The Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County met in special session at Poland Library on Tuesday to hear details of the tentative agreement with the Clerical/Maintenance/Technical Service Employees International Union District 1199. Trustees unanimously voted to ratify the contract.

The Union membership met on Friday, April 18, and voted to ratify. The new contract begins May 1 and runs for three years.

This bargaining unit is comprised of 102 clerical, maintenance and technical employees at the Library. (The Library has a second bargaining unit comprised of  49 employees in the Public Librarian Association of Youngstown, Service Employees International Union District 1199, whose current contract will expire September 30, 2013.)

Library Director Heidi Daniel said, "This was my first negotiation here and I was impressed with the Interest-Based Bargaining process. I appreciated being able to sit down to share information with our Library employees and to listen to their concerns and thoughts. I feel both sides are able to all look at a bigger picture in this process and I applaud our staff.”

“We wanted to be fair and equitable with our employees, who the Library values. And we know that those employees are committed to serving the public,” she continued. “ At the same time, the Library has to keep an eye on good stewardship of public funds. We were pleased that we were able to stay within our budget and reach agreement with the Union."

Trustees  commended both parties, Library management and staff, for their efforts and ability to reach a responsible agreement.

Summary:
Duration of three years - The previous contract, which expires at the end of April, was for two years. The three-year duration saves the Library money in time spent in the negotiation process.

Elimination of steps - The new contract includes elimination of the step system on the salary schedule. Having a contract that does not rely on steps allows for more flexibility in the future.

Wage increases - 3% the first year, 2.25% the second and 2.25% the third year of the contract. There are no step increases to add to these percentages. The average hourly wage of employees in this group was $11.95 entering these talks, and is now $12.34.

Changes to the vacation schedule and sick day accumulation were negotiated into the current contract and these changes will remain in place in the new contract. These changes represented a cost savings for the Library. ###