Thursday, March 1, 2012

Gary's Main Library is Closed

Gary library workers say job cuts will kill union. (Chicago Tribune, 2/28/2012)

Excerpt:    Allen said the reorganization will reduce her and other union officials to part-time employees who will be ineligible for a union card. She said her salary will drop to $10,000 from $24,000 and she will have no benefits after 32 years on the job. 

Gary library board President Tony Walker said the elimination of union positions is an unfortunate part of a downsizing triggered by statewide property tax caps. The library board voted recently to convert the main library into a museum and keep four neighborhood branches open.

Architectural Designs for South Shore Museum and Cultural Center.  (Slideshow.)

Related posts:
Director recommends closing main library.  (1/19/2011)
Library looking at 50% budget cut.  (12/12/2010)
Gary Indiana: Not Louisiana, Paris, France, New York, or Rome. (1/9/2010)
Kennedy Branch:  When it rains, it pours.  (1/9/2010)

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