The Providence Journal, Friday, March 31, 2006, reports:
The Providence Public Library has repaid a library worker who was suspended for criticizing his bosses.
Michael Vallone, 54, a clerk in the technical services department, was suspended for three days without pay in January after he posted a critical letter on an internal Web site. Vallone's paragraph-long missive ended with, "PPL administrators: The light it shining on you and it looks ugly."
Library officials called the letter aggressive and threatening.
The United Service and Allied Workers Union, which represents library workers, filed a grievance with the National Labor Relations board on behalf of Vallone and a librarian who had been suspended in another incident.
Earlier this month, the union agreed to drop the complaint involving the librarian and the library settled with Vallone. He was repaid for the three-day suspension and the incident was removed from his personnel file.