A surprise was in store for Scott County librarians after the library board turned over operational control last year to county commissioners.
That non-controversial move, approved by the state Legislature, removed legal responsibilities from the library board, while retaining its sovereignty on intellectual-freedom decisions.
But it also appears the switch in authority was enough to prompt Scott County’s largest union to stake a claim on library employees.
After the switch in library authority was made, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) asked the state Bureau of Mediation Services to add library staff to its ranks.
The state agency is charged with resolving questions of labor union representation and bargaining unit structure
On Dec. 13, three days after receiving the petition, the bureau made a ruling, certifying most library staff as part of AFSCME Local 2440.