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Who is against library volunteers? Teachers unions in Raynham and Bridgewater

Boston Globe – “The teachers’ union in Bridgewater and Raynham has filed a labor grievance that could block volunteers from keeping the school district’s libraries open. And as word of the work action spreads, it is stirring up outrage in the two towns. Librarian positions were cut from the middle schools in both towns this year and their salaries channeled into hiring teachers to address bulging class sizes. Volunteer organizations stepped in to pick up the slack — only to be surprised and disappointed by threats of a labor complaint.”

3 Responses to “Who is against library volunteers? Teachers unions in Raynham and Bridgewater”

  1. Jan
    October 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    A slippery slope: next we could replace teachers with assistants @ 2 for 1 cost savings OR 4 secretaries for 1 principal, etc. Unions have to speak up to retain professionals in the workplace. Who knows what you’re really getting with volunteers? Such short-sited decisions will result in school libraries becoming only book stores with no media, literacy, research or love of reading and learning as part of a program.

  2. kt
    October 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    i don’t know… as a temporary measure, it could be okay. if the job does require a professional (which i am sure it does) then in a couple years the school will realize it’s need for actual librarians and can rectify the situation.

  3. Clay Boggess
    October 25, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    “Would the parents of Raynham and Bridgewater allow their children to be taught math or science by volunteers? Would they take their children to a volunteer pediatrician?” I’m not sure that these examples are valid comparisons as the volunteers are probably not carrying out all of the duties of the librarians but are merely helping to fill a void.

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