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!