Local 355 Administrative Clerical Employees

National Library Week: April 11-17, 2010

National Library Week is April 11-17, 2010. According to the members of AFSCME Local 1303-115, who work for the Hamden Public Library, it’s a good day to remember that libraries are an increasingly valuable resource in tough economic times. 

“The Hamden library system is busier than ever. We’ve seen a noticeable increase in patrons and demand for our services.” said Nancy McLaughlin, head children’s librarian and co-president of AFSCME Local 1303-115. 

Hamden library workers and patrons and have voiced their concern about Mayor Scott Jackson’s proposed 2010-2011 budget, which recommends eliminating six library positions – an approximately 15% cut in staff to an already lean organization. 

“The Hamden library positively affects everyone who lives here, from toddlers to senior citizens,” said Hamden resident Thomas Bardakian. “I’m a firm believer that the library is one of the crown jewels of the community. Our library doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.” 

Members of AFSCME Local 1303-115, Hamden Public Library.

Library workers and patrons are pressing the Hamden Legislative Council to restore the positions that have been cut. They joined members of AFSCME Local 2863 and town residents at a recent public hearing to express their concern about the impact of service cuts on the community.

“We serve an entire region. Cutting more library positions and slashing more services will have a negative impact on our operations and on Hamden’s economic vitality,” added Sandy Bartell, Branch Librarian at Brundage Community Branch and co-president of AFSCME Local 1303-115. 

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