As the members of Local 1482 are well aware, last year the library unilaterally decided to open on the morning of December 24th for the first time in over 35 years. The union vigorously opposed this reversal of a long-established practice, and immediately sought to have it overturned. The library and Local 1482 eventually agreed to bring the issue to an arbitrator, who was charged with listening to the arguments of both sides in order to issue a binding decision. The arbitration hearing occurred in September, 2013.
The arbitrator issued his ruling on Monday. Unfortunately, the decision went against Local 1482 and ruled that the library has the right to operate on December 24th until 1:00pm. The arbitrator based his decision on a strict reading of Article XXII of the Working Conditions Contract, which states that the library may be open no later than 1:00 pm on the day before Christmas (as well as the day before New Year's Day).
I am deeply disappointed in the arbitrator's decision, which disregarded decades of practice and the needs of the membership. In the meantime, Local 1482 will continue seeking to convince the library to restore the December 24th holiday as a day off for all of our members.
President, Local 1482