Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Daniel Boone Regional Library Workers United Secures Wage Hike in New Contract

Daniel Boone Regional Library Workers United members.

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After more than a year of negotiations, workers at Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL) in Columbia, Missouri, reached a tentative agreement Wednesday with management on a three-year contract. The contract creates a new wage scale, guarantees 5% annual raises, lowers health insurance costs and implements extreme heat protections for workers, and other gains.

“Our full membership has been so supportive,” said Ida Fogle, a member of the Daniel Boone Regional Library Workers United executive board and a member of the bargaining team. “It really was everyone pulling together, and the community, too—the community showed up for us. There’s definitely been a lot of tension, a lot of frustrating times, but it’s also been great to learn about the power of solidarity and collective action.”