Employees vote to save Plattsburgh Public Library

Several concessions made to save jobs

— Employees would only be able to earn 12 sick days instead of 24, and a new grievance process would be instituted. It would include a grievance committee of two union representatives, two board members, one management and a facilitator.

Carpenter said if the agreement can be approved by Dec. 28 with the union’s blessing he would request additional funding of $60,000 from the City of Plattsburgh.

Library employees unanimously approved the plan on the evening of Dec. 26.

“It’s on our backs,” Ricketson said.

She’s losing more than $3,000 under the new contract.

On average, library employees, the lowest paid union members in the city, will lose $55 per week.

“And yet they took the biggest hit,” said Denise Nephew, union president.

“But if we had not have done it, there would have been a ripple effect, and we all care about the library,” Ricketson said. “We know what the library needs and what it means to people, and it would have meant a cut in services and hours.”

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