Virginia Library Workers Push Back on Sunday Reopening, Demand Chance to Provide Input

Although some libraries never closed during the pandemic, those that did are slowly resuming services as they move to open fully. However, some employees are not thrilled about the possibility of resuming all services. Many are concerned about inadequate staffing levels that resulted from the pandemic. Here’s a case in point. Arlington Public Libraries’ (Virginia) management decided to resume Sunday hours at some of its branches on a limited basis in September. According to the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union, library employees were unhappy. They complained that leadership made the decision with no union input. They were also upset with the way the information had been communicated to staff. A delegation of AFSCME-member library employees met with library administration to voice workers’ concerns. After a town hall meeting, library management relented. Get more details on what occurred and discover how workers believe that their collective power made a difference.