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We Have a Contract! – Westhampton Free Library Unionization

As union president, and member of the contract negotiations team, I am happy to announce that we have a contract!

Our staff union and the library board voted last month to ratify this contract.

“We look forward to working with management to create a safe, secure work environment with¬†fair and just wages and benefits that reflects the teamwork that is at the heart of what makes the Westhampton Free Library in Westhampton Beach, New York unique and beloved by patrons and staff alike.”Westhampton Library Staff Association website.

Westhampton Free Library Unionization

There is an article in the Southampton Press which, I feel, fairly covers the goals of the Library unionization effort (since successful). I was interviewed for this article and am quoted accurately.

The day the article was published I received a phone call at work from Jack O’Dwyer, who apparently writes his own blog about Westhampton Beach news. He asked me my opinion of Maria Moore. I answered “I have no comment on Maria Moore or any other Library board member.” I refused to answer any of his questions. He later emailed me asking me about union leadership and requesting to take photographs. I replied that the union has not selected any leaders, and that I did not feel a photograph was appropriate at this time. That is the extent of our conversation. I have ignored further email correspondence I have received from him.

He has since published on his blog (Google his name – I am not going to link it here), using my name among others, as his source indicating the “anger” of the Library staff, along with our alleged concerns about Westhampton Beach village political issues.

For the record, the Library staff is not “angry.” Our unionization effort is for exactly what we stated in our mission statement. We have no stand on any issue of village politics or people in authority at the village. Only a handful of staff members actually reside in the village, and I am not in a position to express their individual views.

We echo Danielle Waskiewicz’ sentiment in that we the Westhampton Library Staff Association “look forward to engaging in good-faith negotiations … to reach a fair contract.”


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