Union files unfair labor charge against Washington-Centerville library

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CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) — Chants demanding changes for employees at the Washington-Centerville Public Library greeted people driving into the library.

Members of the library’s union, the Washington-Centerville Public Library Staff Association, claim they have been treated unfairly for taking time off from work.

In one instance, the union claims an employee was punished for taking family leave after having a child.

That’s part of the unfair labor charge the union has now filed with the State Employment Relations Board claiming the library board violated workers’ rights.

The union also claimed the board has been slow to sign a contract with the union. It would be the first contract since the union formed more than six years ago.

“We are committed to providing excellent library service in our community,” said Joyce Fisher, President of the WCPLSA. “We just want to get a fair first contract with the library.”

A request for comment from the library board’s legal counsel was not immediately returned.

The board and the union’s first bargaining meeting is planned for Tuesday, June 15.

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