Librarians still fighting

Dateline: Mon 05 Jul 2010

"In 2005 Linda Mielke (former library CEO, who basically wanted to dismantle the system) and the IMCPL (Indianapolis Marion County Public Library) Board of Trustees voted to demote Public Service Librarians (60+ presently) one pay grade lower and cap their salaries. The hourly rates of many Librarians and those at the top of their pay grade did not increase. Raises were provided in a lump sum of that stagnant hourly rate. Not until 2009 when our union contract stated the general increase would be of the total annual salary did it seem better, but still not great. All while hourly rates of top management staff, newly created management positions and Executive Committee, increased; except two, and 2 out of 8 is not much, continued to receive their salary rates increase.
If someone would calculate what the increases would have been without the Librarian capped salary and demotion you would see how much this group has already contributed in the last 5 years. Unfortuantely PSL's and Support Staff will probably (be) slotted to take additional losses when the layoff policy is unveiled and shows itself.
Post more stories of what salary cuts you have contributed to IMCPL now deficit budget.

AFSCME Council 62
Local 3395
Negotiations Team"


Marycatherine Barton [unverified] said:

The worries Michael Torres writes about must be very stressful for him and the other librarians with MCIPL.

2010-07-05 23:55:36

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

I am a library patron. I adore the new downtown building and its sweeping view of the mid-north neighborhood. A huge improvement.

But a pox on the library board that employed a director, who took their collective eyes off the ball during design, construction and punch-list tasks.

And while we're at it, why didn't the library board study, with community input, the exact role of libraries of the future? They tuck with the potentially-outdated model, big building, mediocre cyber infrastructure.

I've been on a wait list for two different books for over three months. I hear similar stories regularly. They're clearly not paying attention to the fundamentals.

Louie Mahern and that board let us down big-time. I have recurring nightmares about that cheeky little guy on the board, who gave regular construction updates. What a dork...and he loved the sound of his own voice.

Yeah, I watched them on Ch. 16. Amid the happy talk and platitudes there was a dysfunctional board. Who employed lousy directors. What a surprise, huh?

I hope it can all be corrected. We need a strong library. Although past boards and this one, probably don't know why, because they haven't surveyed or asked.

2010-07-06 07:35:15

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