Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00
The Board of Trustees of the Manhasset Public Library read with interest the letter to the editor from Amanda Barker, labor relations specialist of the United Public Service Employees Union, which has recently affiliated with the Manhasset Public Library Staff Association (April 26).
While the board disagrees with several of the statements made in the letter, we prefer to address those differences at the bargaining table rather than in the media. We look forward to resuming discussions with the negotiating team for the staff so that we can restart efforts to reach a fair settlement that respects both the employees and the taxpayers. These negotiations have been prolonged and, at times, difficult. We welcome the participation of the UPSEU as a chance for a fresh perspective and opportunity to make real progress toward a new agreement.
We know that many members of the community are interested in the library and our negotiations. In order to keep the community fully informed, we invite all interested parties to visit the library’s website at www.manhassetlibrary.org to learn more about the library, and, if they wish, view the current collective bargaining agreement. We will update the website as appropriate, including posting a new contract once a settlement is reached.
We thank the community for its interest in the library and its continued support. We look forward to continuing providing quality services.
Board of Trustees, Manhasset Public Library
Heidi McNamara, president
Elisa Paone, vice president
Donald O’Brien, financial secretary
Joanne L. Kesten