More than 400 Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) workers at 19 locations successfully completed a two-year process from voting to be IAM members to signing their first collective bargaining agreement.
Library employees who were part of the negotiations team proudly signed the new contract with management at the Loch Raven Library in Towson, MD on September 13.
“It’s been a tremendous honor to get to this point where the agreement was finally signed with the county, the agreement was ratified several months ago and because of their budgetary process we are just now being able to get the agreement signed,” said IAM District 4 Business Representative Sheldon Barber. “The Machinists Union was instrumental in getting legislation passed that allowed the library workers to even organize in the first place.”
IAM Steward and negotiator Anita Bass member talked about the real work that now begins, saying “we have a seat at the table, we have been wanting this for a long time we are happy to be part of the IAM Machinists!”