?On November 6, 1997, the Union and Administration signed our October 1, 1996 to September 30, 1999 contract. After many false starts, failed bargaining sessions, changes in key personnel and layoffs, we will soon have a complete contract that incorporates the side letters and stipulations the Union and Administration have agreed to since 1999. Until the revised contract is complete, we have included the side letters and stipulations on our website.
Negotiated side letters and stipulations, not uncommon in labor relations, are created to allow a Union and Management to achieve goals in a timely manner without bargaining a whole new contract. An example of this is our December 2006 agreement that created positions in the Adult Learner Program (ALP) that more accurately reflect the staff’s skills, education and duties. This allowed both parties to resolve an outoftitle grievance filed by the ALP employees without having to bargain the whole contract.
Since 1999, Local 1321 and the Queens Library Administration have negotiated six side letters and stipulations affecting our working conditions, available here.