After Board Reversal, Workers Secure First-Ever Library Contract in Missouri

Reversing itself in the face of a public outcry and pushback from workers, the board of the Daniel Boone Regional Library system (Missouri) has voted to approve a collective bargaining agreement negotiated between the workers’ union and management. The vote, which took place late last month, means the ratification of the first-ever contract for library workers in Missouri.

The three-year agreement that finally won the board’s approval comes more than a year after the library workers voted overwhelmingly to unionize with AFSCME Council 61.

The historic agreement includes an average raise of 16% right away and an average of 27% in raises across the life of the contract. Other highlights include the creation of a wage scale that acknowledges a worker’s accrued years of service, reduced health insurance costs for most members, improved retirement benefits, and 12 weeks of paid family leave — up from nothing right now. The contract also creates vehicles for members’ voices to be heard continually through a health and safety committee as well as a labor management committee.

Read more about this victory for Missouri library workers.