Community calls for Library Board transparency, accountability

Media Advisory: Oct. 3, 2011
Contact: Jerry Jimenez – (408) 219-9636

WHAT: Santa Cruz library workers and community members will address the Library Joint Powers Authority Board tonight to call for more public and staff input before a proposed reorganization model is implemented.

WHY: The Library Board is considering adopting a staffing model put together by a consultant who did not consult the public or library staff in the planning process.

The reduction of permanent, qualified and dedicated staff and increase of part-time students or volunteers compromises the experience, knowledge and reliability our community needs.

In this economy, we cannot afford to add more burden to our public social services and unemployment. We need to create more jobs for the working families of Santa Cruz, not delete jobs.

While libraries will remain open and hours will increase, the proposed staffing model does not address changes to the quality services that the public receives from our knowledgeable staff.

WHEN: 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3

WHERE: Central Branch, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz.

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The Service Employees International Union is an organization of 2.1 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. SEIU is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society. For more information, visit www.seiu521.org

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