Stark library strike settled
\"Striking workers and the board of the Stark County District Library reached a tentative contract agreement last night, according to a union representative.
Anne Hill, executive director of Service Employees International Union 925, which represents the striking library workers, said a tentative contract was reached about 7:30 p.m. She said she could not provide specifics about the proposal, which would end a nearly four-week walkout.\"
The union has been asking for a 6 percent pay increase the first year of a three-year deal and 5 percent raises the following two years. The union rejected the library\'s offer of a 4 percent raise for each of the three years. According to figures released by the union, Stark County librarians are hired at a pay scale of $12.78 an hour and can earn $13.41 an hour after three years.
The starting salary for library associates is $7.88 an hour, increasing to $9.13 an hour after 12 years. Senior library associates make $9.64 an hour to start and $12.61 an hour after 12 years, while bookmobile drivers receive $7.88 an hour to start and $9.46 an hour after 11 years. Union representatives say Stark\'s pay scale is lower than comparable library systems\'.