And all the bookworms in the house say:
They won. The librarians got pay equity. But what an ordeal the politicians put us all through. It took weeks of relentless public pressure to get any movement whatsoever, and even then the response was lame. The employers thought they could weasel their way out of paying fair wages by looking at other library systems, but, as was later revealed, our library staff are underpaid even compared to other library systems. The last straw was the very organized public protests last week, which included a very amusing story-time-in at the chief negotiator’s office. The municipalities finally coughed up the required money and the resolution happened almost overnight.
Here’s an insight into the dunderheadedness that the library staff were up against:
“I’m very glad to see staff back in,” said the library’s chief executive officer, Barry Holmes. “Libraries have books and all sorts of material, but really, they’re about people. It’s not the same if you don’t have people.”
No shit, Sherlock.
Library staff are already back at work to deal with the huge backlog of shelving and other tasks. It will get worse before it gets better because patrons loaded up on books when we heard the lockout was coming and they will all be flooding back in over the next two weeks. I can’t wait for the online resources to be restored. I miss my free newspapers, journal articles, and OED. Now, where did I put all those library books…?