According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, one-fourth to one-third of U.S. library workers are unionized.
The American Library Association recognizes the principle of collective bargaining as one of the methods of conducting labor-management relations used by private and public institutions. The Association affirms the right of eligible library employees to organize and bargain collectively with their employers, or to refrain from organizing and bargaining collectively, without fear of reprisal.
Association of College & Research Libraries. Guideline on Collective Bargaining. June 2008.
Committees and Communities within ALA with an interest in unions and collective bargaining
ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers. Advocating for Better Salaries Toolkit, 5th edition, April 2014 (PDF). Specifically, pp 40ff.
AFL-CIO, Department for Professional Employees. Library Workers: Facts & Figures, 2014
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economic News Release: Union Membership
Last updated November 21, 2014