IAM Union-Championed Library Workers Empowerment Act Signed into Law by Maryland Gov. Wes Moore

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is a part of Maryland history today as Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (D) signs the Library Workers Empowerment Act into state law.

The Library Workers Empowerment Act paves the way for Maryland’s unorganized public library employees to form unions and collectively bargain with their employers.

“We want a seat at the table,” said Harford County Marketing and Communications Specialist Megan Baker. “And now all library staff in Maryland have the right to organize and join unions if they choose.”

According to the AFL-CIO, unionized library workers are earning 37% more per week than their non-union counterparts.

“Having a voice and the ability to negotiate wages and working conditions will go a long way to helping us improve the library systems we love so much,” said Harford County Library Associate Morgan Michael.

Some Maryland library workers, like Baker and Michael, have been working for years to join the IAM. They did not have a process to do so until legislation was passed by the General Assembly enabling them to do so.

The Library Workers Empowerment Act, with the IAM as the impetus, was championed by Maryland State Rep. Jared Solomon (D-18) and State Sen. Clarence Lam (D-12). The legislation passed with bipartisan support in both chambers of the Maryland legislature.

“We are so proud of the work that changed this law and we are excited for these workers that now have the ability to organize and join our union,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President David Sullivan.

The IAM has already successfully organized library workers in Baltimore County and secured a first labor contract in 2022.

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