Cleveland Public Library Workers Give Union OK to Strike

In a nearly unanimous vote on January 8th, Cleveland Public Library workers voted to give the authorization to strike if its bargaining committee can’t reach an agreement with library officials on a new employment contract.

Nearly 400 Cleveland library workers have been without an employment contract since talks between its union — the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 — and the library administration failed to produce a new agreement before the January 1st deadline.

Significant points of contention for library workers include the need to address security and staffing concerns, along with compensation. Both union and library representatives say they hope to avoid the strike and are willing to come to the table to negotiate further. The parties have scheduled additional meetings for January 17th and 23rd.

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