Out of Work Librarians Need Your Help NOW!
The current draft of the Senate's $80 billion version of the Jobs for Main Street Act does not include librarians. However, the bill does include $20.5 billion for creating jobs that provide public services, which includes $18 billion for hiring and retaining teachers; $500 million for hiring firefighters; $500 million for hiring police and $1.5 billion for hiring and training youth.
Please call both of your Senators and ask them to write a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), requesting that the hiring and retaining of librarians be included in the $18 billion designated for teachers as well.
Libraries are as essential to a strong economy as schools and public safety. It is vitally important that librarians and library advocates be as vocal as these other public employees. The reason they are getting funding in this piece of legislation is because their supporters are calling more frequently in higher numbers.
This bill could come up at any moment and it is critically important that you contact your Senators immediately and tell them to send this letter to Senators Reid, Durbin and Dorgan. Also, tell them what your library is doing to help people find jobs in your states, districts and communities. We cannot let this legislation pass without the inclusion of libraries, and we have no chance of getting libraries into this legislation without your calls!
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