Hartford Librarians Accept Cutbacks to Reduce Lay-Offs

Hartford Courant reports: Full- and part-time unionized employees of the Hartford Public Library voted overwhelmingly to roll back pay increases and hours that they had agreed to work during fiscal 2008-09 in an attempt to eliminate further layoffs.

The 42-4 vote in favor of a new contract took place Monday night at the Hartford Public Library on Main Street. The vote means that workers who previously agreed to increase their hours from 37.5 to 40 hours a week would continue working 37.5 hours a week, officials said after the union meeting. The fiscal year started July 1.

Geraldine Sullivan, library board president, said it “might help somewhat. It was a very generous gesture.”