Striking Librarians Beware

According to this article from Cantonrep.com, some library workers are going on strike and the library has hired security guards to protect those who decide to come to work.\"But Anne Mueller, leader of the Service Employees International Union in Cleveland, said the guards will show up in fatigues and with weapons “to intimidate us.” She said her information came from other unions who have dealt with Huffmaster.\"

“We are actually shocked the library would be using public funds to hire a notoriously bad union-busting firm,” Mueller added.\"

\"Huffmaster officials could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.\"

\"The library and SEIU Local 925 are heading for the first walkout in the library’s history after a 85- 4 strike vote in early July. The union, which represents about 120 employees, is slated to walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. Monday.\"

\"On Tuesday, union members asked Stark County commissioners to prod the library board back to the bargaining table. They also asked library officials to submit their labor dispute to a fact-finder.\"

\"That has not happened, and no new talks are scheduled, Mueller said.\"

“We actually hope the (library) board will reconsider its decision to hire this union-busting firm and will avoid a strike by going to fact-finding,” she said. “That’s the only way to avoid a strike.”

\"Two guards will be posted at the Main Library on Market Avenue N and one each at all of the branch locations around the clock, Baker said. They will be paid $17.75 per hour, she said.\"

“Each branch would be under (Huffmaster’s) watchful eye,” Baker said\"

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