Alex Youngberg, president of the librarians' union, drew loud cheers when she vowed to press the fight for pay equity that city spokesman Tom Timm recently dismissed as "a move in the wrong direction."
Youngberg listed a series of concerns that librarians are attempting to bargain: pay equity for the mostly female workforce, a better deal for part-time and temporary workers, and job security to ease fears that arose when the library contracted out its bindery.
"That's not the wrong direction," Youngberg roared. "Why not negotiate? What are they afraid of, for God's sake?"