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Baltimore County Public Library Employees ‘Go Union, Vote Overwhelmingly’ To Join Machinists Union

Published Sunday, January 9, 2022
by IAM News
Baltimore County Public Library Employees ‘Go Union, Vote Overwhelmingly’ To Join Machinists Union

(BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND) - A group of 460 Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) full-time and part-time Employees across the county’s 19 branches have voted 77% in favor of joining the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

The IAM is in the process of scheduling negotiations with BCPL management.

County statute stipulates negotiations must conclude by March 1st (2022).

The successful vote comes after years of organizing, which included the IAM winning a new State Law allowing BCPL employees to collectively bargain.

The law went into effect on July 1st, 2021.

BCPL Employees are seeking more transparency and communication from BCPL leadership and health care benefits for part-time Employees.

“This is so exciting for Baltimore County Public Library Workers,” said Anita Bass, a BCPL Circulation Assistant III at the Essex Branch. “This will empower the Staff of BCPL to continue to do the important work of fulfilling BCPL’s mission and vision.  We need a system in place to protect and support each other and a legally binding contract will give us that.  I believe in the BCPL mission and I know the IAM will help us accomplish that mission.” 

IAM Grand Lodge Representative Bridget Fitzgerald, Lead Organizer on the campaign, said: “Baltimore County Public Library Employees have always been a critical pillar to our community and now especially during the pandemic.  I could not be more proud of these professionals for joining together and standing strong for what they deserve.  This is a victory for them, their families and all of Baltimore County, which rightfully relies on a strong and inclusive library system.”

“The IAM has used and will continue to use every resource possible to give BCPL Employees a greater voice in their workplace,” added IAM Organizing Director Vinny Addeo.

The IAM is one of the largest and most diverse Industrial Trade Unions in North America, representing 600,000 Active and Retired Members in the Aerospace, Defense, Airlines, Railroad, Transit, Health Care, Automotive and other industries.

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