“A federal arbitrator has found the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guilty of unfair labor practices and acting in bad faith in its national series of library closures…EPA is ordered to bargain with affected public employee unions before making any further changes in its library network.”
The ruling by Federal Labor Relations Board Arbitrator George Edward Larney is in response to grievances filed on behalf of all affected agency employees by the American Federation of Government Employees Council 238, based in Seattle.
Last December, AALL celebrated when Congress included money in the FY 2008 appropriations omnibus bill directing EPA to restore its library services across the country. This ruling is another significant instance of support for EPA libraries and their employees.
[Posted by Emily Feldman]