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Bob Cox notes News From Ohio where A union has set an April 20 strike deadline at the Cleveland Public Library.
A federal mediator is working with the library and Service Employees International Union Local 1199, which represents 407 of the library system's 735 workers, including librarians, custodians, clerks and carpenters.
Union steward Ryan Moore said Friday the library is demanding concessions in health care, leave, transfers and outsourcing. He said that, over three years, the union wants raises of 5 to 5.5 percent a year but management has offered just 1 percent a year.