For Immediate Release
January 5, 2021
The Librarians’ Guild, AFSCME Local 2626, which represents the frontline librarians and supervisory librarians for the City of Los Angeles, stands with UTLA (United Teachers of LA), Unite Here Local 11, California Nurses Association, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, and SAG-AFTRA in calling for a month-long “circuit breaker” pause for in-person business and services in the Los Angeles area.
Our colleagues at the Glendale (CA) Public Library have already realized that libraries have a choice: you are either part of the solution or part of the problem. GPL has suspended their curbside pickup services to protect their workers and their patrons. Keeping in person services open is clearly sending a message to the community that it is okay to leave your home and include a stop at the library as part of your essential errands. Continuing to put frontline library workers’ health in jeopardy and encouraging Angelenos to leave their homes to pick up materials is irresponsible and unsafe at this terrible point in the pandemic.
We recognize the heroic work that our frontline health and safety union siblings are performing in taking care of all of us during this unprecedented time. Hospitals are beyond capacity, ambulances are being turned away for lack of beds, and health workers are exhausted. We must all do our part to relieve the disastrous effect of this current surge.
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It’s been a year! From a staff art showing in select branches, to the passing of longtime Library Commissioner, Rita Walters, beloved staff Cheryl Funada, Jan Metzler and Helene Mochedlover; to the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide Black Lives Matter protests. Our illustrious Librarians’ Guild President, Henry Gambill’s resignation to Library staff serving as Disaster Service Workers across the City of Los Angeles in which we filled and continue to fill many roles for our communities assisting those in need during this ongoing pandemic; to our fabulous 2020 DAIA recipients.
2020 has been a challenge for so many. We have all done and continue to do our best everyday juggling many roles and responsibilities. We see you, we hear you, and most importantly we appreciate you.Thank you all so much for the various roles that you have filled within the Librarians’ Guild, across the CIty of Los Angeles, and in your homes.
-- Ziba, Cynthia, and Rita
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