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2015-2020 Contract

The following links to our 2015-2020 contract, drive.google.com/open.  To search within the document, press Ctrl+F for Windows-based devices and Command+F for Apple devices.

Local 1321’s Bargaining Committee and the Library’s Administration reached an historic deal on a new collective bargaining agreement, replacing our contract that was last negotiated in 1999.

For over seventeen years, Local 1321 members worked with an outdated contract that neglected many pressing issues. To rectify this, the local’s bargaining committee spent many hours formulating demands; meeting with library staff and each other; and negotiating with the administration. In the end, both parties achieved a contract that benefits the library, making it a better place to work and a happier workforce.

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Economic Contract Ratified for 2010-2017

In August 2014, members of DC37 ratified the contract by mail balloting.  The contract covers retroactive and future raises, a $1000 ratification bonus, maintains members' health and welfare benefits with no added out-of-pocket expenses, possible "gainsharing" opportunities plus other agreements.  The main wage increases are as follows:

1%  Sept 3, 2011
1%  Sept 3, 2012
1%  Sept 3, 2013
1.5%   Sept 3, 2014
2.5%   Sept 3, 2015
3%      Sept 3, 2016
Additions to gross shall be increased by 3% effective September 3, 2016.

For more details on the economic agreement, please go to dc37.net/dc37contracts/economic.html

On November 6, 1997, the Union and Administration signed our October 1, 1996 to September 30, 1999 contract.  After many false starts, failed bargaining sessions, changes in key personnel and layoffs, we now have a complete contract that incorporates the side letters and stipulations the Union and Administration have agreed to since 1999. Read more >>>

In 1997 Peter Benjaminson wrote Secret Police: Inside the New York City Department of Investigation.  His chapter "Cooking the Books: Corruption at the Library" describes the Queens Library's opaque use of funds in the early 1990s. Over two decades later, New York City tax payers and Queens Library users are still unclear how our tax dollars are spent.

Local 1321's Executive Board 2013-2016

 On Thursday June 27, 2013, Queens Library Guild/Local 1321 Members completed the election of their Executive Board to serve the 2013-2016 term. The following are the new members of the Executive Board.

President - John Hyslop, (unopposed)
Executive Vice-President - Margaret Gibson, Senior Librarian III, East Elmhurst Community Library, (unopposed)
Vice President, Clerical - Roma Ramdhan, Office Associate II, Catalog Division, (unopposed)
Vice President, Librarian - Kacper Jarecki, Supervising Librarian, Seaside Community Library, (unopposed)
Vice President, Blue Collar - Thomas Wynn, Assistant Library Custodian, Central Library (contested)
Vice President, Non-Librarian Professionals and Technical - Kyle Douglas, Computer Technician, Central Library, (contested)
Clerical Representative - Barbara Halloway, Customer Service Representative, Queens Village Community Library, (unopposed)
Librarian Representative - Elizabeth “Pat” Eshun, Supervising Librarian, Rosedale Community Library, (unopposed)
Blue Collar Representative - Michael “Mike” Nooney, Maintainer, Maintenance, (unopposed)
Delegates - Michael Wong, Senior Librarian, Broadway Community Library; Dorrett Hextall, Customer Service Supervisor, Central Library Circulation; Nazima Mohammed, Customer Service Supervisor, Forest Hills Community Library; Deborah Wynn, Junior Library Custodian, Kew Gardens Hills Community Library, (contested)
Trustees - Linda Bannerman-Martin, Langston Hughes Community Library; Sharon Diamond-Velox, Lefrak City Community Library; Kerline Piedra, Forest Hills Community Library (unopposed)

The Executive Board is proud to have your vote and will represent you to the best of our abilities. Thank you.

On November 6, 1997, the Union and Administration signed our October 1, 1996 to September 30, 1999 contract. After many false starts, failed bargaining sessions, changes in key personnel and layoffs, we will soon have a complete contract that incorporates the side letters and stipulations the Union and Administration have agreed to since 1999. Until the revised contract is complete, we have included the side letters and stipulations on our website. Read more >>>

 Local 1321 created an overview of some of of the questions and issues members should consider before they retire.  Follow the link to download the helpful document. Read more >>>

Be informed!

Go to http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx?Mode=Today search for "libraries", select "this year" from the menu, click on Search Calendar and click on any of the videos on the right column to see testimonies of and questions from City Councilmembers for the 3 New York library systems. Among the topics of recent discussions include layoffs, funding, new services in the systems, and much more.

Queens Library Guild, Local 1321 members and their partners fought to save New York City's libraries. Our advocacy campaign convinced our politicians that this city's libraries are an essential service and we needed full restoration. The Queens Library staff throughout Queens made a tremendous effort to advocate for their libraries. We held rallies, petition and postcard signing events, read-ins, hugs and other creative events.

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