Save WGRL Jobs
Save WGRL Jobs
Eleven part-time employees of the Wythe-Grayson Regional Library have been terminated, even though the money for their wages is in the budget. Slashing library services now will harm the COVID recovery process, as many people depend on library services for job searching, filing unemployment claims, and other vocational and educational needs.
Cutting nearly half (11 out of 24) of the library's workforce will disproportionately affect the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community, those who otherwise lack access to computers, internet, and free books and materials. These are also the people who need assistance using these resources, which a skeleton staff of 13 people left to serve five libraries cannot possible provide.
The bookmobile driver was among those terminated. His route traverses rural and remote areas throughout two counties, bringing books and materials to approximately 30 immobilized, elderly, and otherwise "shut-in" library patrons. With the remaining staff stretched far too thin already, the most likely scenario is that much of the bookmobile route will be cut. Those citizens, who are tax-paying residents of Wythe and Grayson Counties, will no longer have access to library services.
This termination was determined by one person, the director of the library system, without the approval of the full Library Board of Trustees.
We are calling for a full reinstatement of all 11 part-time employees; even if it is on a furlough basis, they will at least be assured a job to return to and will not lose their earned wage level, accrued leave time, and other benefits.
We are also calling for greater transparency in the library's management and government. A mass termination should not be allowed to happen without the full approval of the board.