Possible upcoming library closure due to strike

Release Date

Thu, 06/27/2013

Dear Library Patrons and Volunteers: 

The City and the unions continue to meet at the negotiating table and we hope to avoid a strike. This letter is to notify you that the labor unions that represent our library staff have voted to authorize a strike. Based on information available to the City, we anticipate that a strike could occur on or after July 1, 2013.

In the event a strike occurs, during the strike, City libraries will be closed and not open to the public. This means that all (1) services provided in City libraries including, but not limited to, collections, computers, reading rooms, meeting rooms or reference services, will not be available and (2) all programs, including the Free Summer Lunch Program, will be cancelled. If you rely on the summer free lunch program we urge you to take personal actions to make alternate arrangements.

We deeply regret any hardship this may cause for you and your family. We thank you for your understanding and patience. We will do our best to keep you informed and provide additional information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, you can call 510-238-6608.

Thank you,

Gerry Garzon
Interim Director
Oakland Public Library

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