Pratt Workers United

Dear Pratt Co-workers,

We are excited to share our intent to form a union at the Enoch Pratt Free Library as Pratt Workers United.

We are a diverse group of part-time and full-time workers from across the system’s many locations and departments. We started as a small group of co-workers in early 2021 and have been working to build our union ever since. And we are proud to announce that we have achieved majority support among eligible workers. 

Together we are fighting for a library that prioritizes respect, accountability, and transparency toward its employees and toward the public. In order to do this, we need:

  • Transparent communication and collaborative decision-making so we have a voice in all decisions that affect us and the communities we serve.

  • A workplace that values the health and safety of all workers, including our physical and mental well-being.

  • Good wages, full benefits for part-time employees, and transparent, evenly applied standards for hiring, promotion, pay, and contractual work.

  • A work culture in which we are all treated with respect and dignity.

By collectively organizing, we can create a better workplace at the Pratt. Through our union, we will gain the power to negotiate a legally binding contract that raises standards for our working conditions, wages, and benefits, and to hold management accountable to that contract. 

Some of you may have already spoken to a co-worker about joining our union. If you have not yet heard from us, we would love to connect with you. Whether you have worked at EPFL for 3 days or 30 years, It takes all of us to build a powerful union. 

We need each other to make the library into a place where our actions reflect our values and where workers and patrons feel safe and supported. Join us by signing your union card today!

For questions or to set up a time to talk to a co-worker or union organizer, email [email protected]. Read our mission statement here

In Solidarity,

Pratt Workers United

"I am supportive of collective bargaining because it is my sincere belief that a workplace which takes care of its employees is healthier for it. I do not think that the relationship between a union and management need be adversarial, instead I see it as an exchange where economic security and peace of mind is repaid with dedication and loyalty."

"I want a union for fairness and someone that would represent us."

"I support Pratt Workers United because I’d like to see Pratt fulfill its potential as a great place for its staff as well as for its patrons."

"I support PWU because we should have more support on the job."

“I want to unionize because I want a solution to the unfair treatment I have experienced while working for Pratt.

"I want a union so I can have enough money to pay my rent."

"I support Pratt Workers United because we will have a voice in the workplace."

"I support Pratt Workers United because abuse of power is..."

"I support Pratt Workers United because power belongs to the workers!!"

"I support Pratt Workers United because I need somoene to have my back."

"I support Pratt Workers United because we need help and direction to be represented with the facts and our rights."

"I support Pratt Workers United because...

I believe in fairness

I believe in hearing our side of the story

I believe in no gossip or only respect

"I support Pratt Workers United because ALL library workers deserve to be treated with RESPECT & DIGNITY!

"I support Pratt Workers United because I want all Pratt employees to be treated with dignity."

"I support Pratt Workers United because I believe in respecting and caring for each other."

"I support Pratt Workers United because I believe in libraries and equity, respect for all staff, pay increases [and a] safe environment. Better staff [means] better for library patrons."

"I support Pratt Workers United because I believe our supervisor should listen to their employees."

"I support Pratt Workers United because we ALL build this world together."

"I support Pratt Workers United because:

  • I believe in fairness, decency and good manners
  • I believe in respect 
  • I believe in confidentiality"

"I support Pratt Workers United because I believe that workers should have a say in how their work is done."

"I support Pratt Workers United because we as staff are people and want what's best for each other and our patrons."

"I support Pratt Workers United because we deserve better! Us, our patrons, our city - we ALL deserve better!"

"I support Pratt Workers United because workers should have a say in decisions."

"I support Pratt Workers United because I LOVE my job and I want to make it even better... because we deserve it!!!"

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