Last week, the Maryland Senate Finance Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 352 from Harford County Public Library worker Morgan Michael and Anita Bass, IAM Local Lodge president for the Baltimore County Public Library system. The Senate Legislation seeks to give library workers the right to organize throughout the state of Maryland. 

Recently, the IAM and library workers also testified on House Bill 65, the companion legislation in the Maryland State House of Delegates. Maryland library workers are getting full support from the Machinists Union’s Legal, Legislative and Communications Departments. 

IAM Associate General Counsel Laura Ewan testified to the House and Senate committees, while the IAM Legislative Department walked the halls of the state capitol to urge legislatures to support the bills. The Machinists Union will continue to use every legislative tool at its disposal to pass this pro-library worker legislation.

House Bill 65 was introduced by State Del. Steve Johnsen and Senate Bill 352 was introduced by State Sen. Nancy King. The Machinists Union thanks these two state representatives for their continued support on library workers’ rights legislation.

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