Collective Bargaining Agreements and Pay Systems
Mary Jo Lynch, Director, ALA Office for Research and Statistics
The following results are for questions asked in April, 1997. Some or all of the four questions were answered by 897 libraries; the number responding to each question is given in parentheses below. In all cases the percentage of respondents column totals more than 100% because respondents could check more than one answer.
- Which of your library's employees are covered by a collective bargaining agreement? Please check all that apply. (891 libraries)
Table 1: Library employees covered by Collective Bargaining Agreements
some support staff
all support staff
some professional staff
all professional staff
The number of libraries where all staff (both all support staff and all professional staff) are covered by a collective bargaining agreement is 108 (12%).
- What is the basis for your current pay system? Please check all that apply.
Table 2: Basis for Pay Systems
Basis for Pay
pay for performance/merit based system
across-the-board cost of living adjustments
variable pay (system varies with type of work)
Of those who specified "other," 92 were from academic libraries. Thirty-four (34) of them mentioned a schedule based on various factors and 15 of the 34 noted that it was the same as the faculty schedule. Union contracts were mentioned by 29 academic respondents. Only three mentioned market factors. Of the 116 public library respondents who specified "other," 37 mentioned some kind of salary schedule and 33 mentioned a union contract. Market factors were noted by four respondents from public libraries.
- Which alternative forms of compensation does your library offer? Please check all that apply.
Table 3: Alternative Forms of Compensation
Form of Compensation
none of the above
Most frequently mentioned as "other" forms of compensation were professional development/continuing education funds (14 mentions), conference/travel funds (11) and tuition reimbursement (11).
- Are you planning to change or modify your pay system in the near future? If yes, please explain.
Only 62 respondents answered "yes" to question 4 and no clear pattern could be observed in the explanations provided.