Central Missouri library system workers vote to unionize


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Workers at the Daniel Boone Regional Library in central Missouri have voted to form a union, library officials said in a statement Monday.

The new union will be the only active public library union in the state.

The results showed 101 employees in favor of unionizing against 55 opposed, for 65% approval, according to the Missouri State Board of Mediation.

The Daniel Boone Regional Library has branches in Columbia, Fulton, Ashland and Holts Summit.

Employees covered by the new DBRLWorkersUnited union will be represented by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME.

Union supporters cited concerns about wages and benefits, safety and health policies, and communication with administrators as reasons they started the union effort.

The next step is the negotiation of the contract between the library and the union. No date has been set to begin this process.

Margaret Conroy, executive director of the Daniel Boone Regional Library, said in the statement that job satisfaction for library employees has always been important to administrators.

“We look forward to learning more about their specific concerns through the negotiation process. »

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