SACRAMENTO, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from Cindy Singer, Community Library Manager for LA County Public Library System, upon the Governor’s signature on AB 438 [Williams]:
“Librarians and library patrons applaud Gov. Brown for signing AB 438 to protect the public and taxpayers as communities consider library privatization.
“Financial pressures created by a stubborn recession have created an opening for corporations to persuade cash-strapped cities to privatize essential public services such as libraries. AB 438 makes sure these companies deliver on their promises to save money without compromising services. That’s the least we should expect from a corporation taking over a public service.
“Throughout this recession, libraries have been the places families could turn to for help with everything from applying for jobs, to learning new skills, using the internet, or getting help in school. When times are tough, public institutions such as libraries prove their worth more than ever.
“Thank you, Governor Brown, for putting taxpayers and the public ahead of the profits of privately held corporations.”
SEIU California is a union of over 700,000 janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California. We come together to build a better California by fighting to pass policies and elect candidates that benefit working families and advance the issues we care about: affordable healthcare, good wages, retirement security for all, a healthy environment, good schools and universities, and stronger communities. We believe that by working together we can build a California where working families can thrive again.