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Plattsburgh Public Library saved

Common Council approves funding as last step to save positions and library

Plattsburgh Common Council member Tim Carpenter helped create the plan that put the wheels in motion to save positions and the Plattsburgh Public Library.

Plattsburgh Common Council member Tim Carpenter helped create the plan that put the wheels in motion to save positions and the Plattsburgh Public Library. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— 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.

The union would have to agree to drop all current grievances for a savings of $11,000.

Carpenter said at the time that if the agreement could 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. The board ratified it shortly after.

During the Common Council meeting, Kasprzak presented agenda items for the following week’s meeting, one of which was to provide the Plattsburgh Public library with $60,000 in additional funding.

Carpenter made a motion, seconded by Councilor James Calnon, to move that item under new business for Wednesday night’s meeting. The Common Council voted unanimously to do so.

“I am pleased this is coming forth tonight,” Calnon said. “The three groups should be proud they can work together. I am proud to join them in support of their agreement.”

He pointed out that part of the reason behind the increase was to treat the library like every other department when it came to retirements.

The resolution read as follows: “To increase the General Fund transfer to the library by $60,000 to reflect the rate increases for retirement that occurred in 2011 and 2012 and to allow for additional funding for the Library Board’s cost reduction agreement with its AFSCME bargaining unit.”

The Common Council unanimously passed the resolution.

“This is the very last step of a plan three weeks in creating and putting together,” Carpenter said. “It took 57 people working together to make this whole thing work.”

“It was a concerted effort and all the pieces had to fit,” Kasprzack said. “It was an effort that had to come through everybody.”

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