The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Baltimore County Library Workers Need Organization

Mar 15, 2021

Libraries are starting to open to the public again. And workers at public libraries in Baltimore County, Maryland are campaigning to get a union. Nearly half the system’s 500 or so employees are part-time librarians with no health care, dental, or vision benefits, and no pension contributions. The benefit they do have, accrued sick leave, is so meager that healthy workers have a market set up through an association to give sick workers their few days off.

The county workers are not alone in lacking a union. In Baltimore City and all but three other counties in Maryland, library worker unions are not allowed.

The county library system managed to find money in its budget to hire a big lobbying firm to fight against the campaign. But they can’t find the money for what the workers need? Go figure!