Kalamazoo, MI- As small, yet visible protest could be seen as library patrons, community members and visitors In front of Kalamazoo’s downtown library. Kalamazoo Public Library’s regularly scheduledBoard meeting open to the public. The protest is over KPL Aides negotiating a living wage. Library Aides are the most visible employees of the organization. The Aides provided anything from customer service, circulation tasks, helping with program preparation among services provided.
Recent negotiations with KPL administration presented a proposal of $12/hr to KPL Aides and to go up to $12.74 for the 2024/2025 fiscal year. A echo of support shared with the Board and the audience, that the proposed wage is not a living wage or a competitive one. Additionally, the proposed wage is less than some employees are already making and would not see a raise until 2025. The newly formed union of aides and custodians are asking for a sustainable, living wage of $15.
If you would like to support KPL Aides, send an email to the library board or administration. https://www.kpl.gov/about/board-and-administration/