Most of the
The legislation follows an unsuccessful attempt in the 2010 legislative session to pass a bill that would apply to all library employees in the state and is one of 17 county bills now before the
Of the library's $18.5 million current budget, 80 percent, or $14.8 million, goes to salaries and benefits. The county picks up 89 percent of the cost of running the six-branch system, said Christie Lassen, a library system spokeswoman. She said the system estimates that of 184 employees, about 159 who are not in management would be eligible to form a bargaining unit, but the exact number would be subject to negotiation.
If library employees choose collective bargaining, they would join two-thirds of the county's 2,518 employees who are represented by a union.
Other county bills now before the legislature include:
•A measure to allow volunteer fire companies and veterans organizations to hold charity casino events, including card games and roulette.
•Bond bills for an array of construction projects, including $250,000 to restore five buildings at the historic 68-acre Belmont property near
•A bill to increase the county sheriff's salary, which has been frozen at $85,000 since 2010 and will remain so through 2014. Starting in 2015, the legislation would boost that by $3,000 each year, to $97,000 in 2018.