Magazine article American Libraries

Clerical Workers Strike at Brown University Libraries

Magazine article American Libraries

Clerical Workers Strike at Brown University Libraries

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Clerical workers strike at Brown University libraries On the eve of finals week at Brown University libraries, 95 unionized clerical workers were in the fourth week of marching in picket lines, leaving professional and management staff to keep most of the crucial operations running without them.

In early December, University Librarian Merrily Taylor told AL than 85 professional and management staff presently are on the job and four major libraries remain open. Two smaller, less-used libraries on the Providence, R.I., campus have had to close during the crisis.

When the reading period before exams started, however, a revision in closing hours from the normal 2 a.m. to 10 p.m. created campuswide difficulty. "We're doing the best we can do under the circumstances," said Taylor. "Many have stepped in so we can serve the faculty and students--it's a very bad time of year for them."

Issues behind the strike that began Nov. 13, according to Eric Broudy, associate vice-president for university relations, are wages and health care insurance coverage. …

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