Bridgeport City Librarian Inspires No Confidence Vote
BRIDGEPORT CT -- The city's library staff has taken a vote of no confidence in City Librarian Scott Hughes.
Officials with the National Association of Government Employees Local 200 and the Bridgeport City Supervisors Association informed Library Board Chairman Jim O'Donnell of their vote several weeks ago.
According to the identical letters sent by each union, library employees claim Hughes has created a "hostile work environment" and "an unsafe workplace." Staff members also question his managerial skills, claim his communication skills are nonexistent and accuse him of violating union contracts.
Frank Bisogno, president of NAGE, said all 26 library employees in the union -- mostly custodians and library assistants -- participated in the vote.
"All of a sudden he is starting to violate contracts that he at one point was following," Bisogno said. "He's got part-time volunteers coming in and doing the work of experienced volunteers. Our contract allows for volunteers, not to supplant what we do but to assist."