Library and Library Union to Receive EI Flag Award

Posted May 21st, 2008 by Rhonda B. Sewell  Category: Community Interest,


A joint committee of Toledo-Lucas County Public Library administrators and Association of Public Library Employees (APLE, UAW Local 5242) officers will be recognized with an Employee Involvement (EI) Flag award for its successful joint employee involvement process.

The Library’s labor-management committee is known as the APLE- Administration team or AAT. The Northwest Ohio Center for Labor-Management Cooperation, based at the University of Toledo, is scheduled to recognize AAT with its EI Flag award during the Library’s regular board of trustees meeting which begins at 8:30 a.m. this Thursday, May 22 at the Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St.

Sandra Simon, executive director of the Center for Labor-Management Cooperation, said the EI flag recognizes the active participation of management and union leadership as well as the hourly and salaried employees who commit their time, talents, resources, and creativity in the continual pursuit of excellence in their facility.

The Library’s AAT was established last year at a three-day retreat hosted by the Center. During the retreat, the Library administration and APLE learned group communication and consensus building.
?“The EI Flag award encourages other business and union leaders to consider the favorable impact that such a process would have on their own work environment, customer relations, and an enhanced image for the entire community,” said Simon.

Susan Skitowski, Library Human Resources Manager, said the EI flag award symbolizes the Library’s positive cooperative efforts. She adds that new members will be introduced to AAT, including middle management and Communication Workers of America (CWA) Library representatives.?
“This is a significant award and the Library is very honored to receive it. The EI flag award symbolizes the partnership between management and labor to make this public library one of the best in the nation,” said Skitowski.

David Lutz, APLE, UAW Local 5242 co-president said, “This ongoing team initiative has made a vast improvement in teamwork, communication and respect between APLE and the Library. It is truly an honor to be recognized for our efforts.”?

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