JAN 7, 2022 at 8:40 AM

A majority of Baltimore County Public Library employees have voted to unionize and join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

The election tees up employees’ collective bargaining negotiations with library management, which must be resolved by March 1 under county law.

About 65% of the library system’s 460 staffers submitted mail-in ballots that were tallied last week. More than three-fourths of those part-time and full-time staffers across the county’s 19 library branches voted in favor of organizing a labor union.

Union organizers said the effort was fueled by a lack of communication from library management and weak health care benefits for part-time employees, who make up half the library’s staff.


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