EPA guilty of unfair labor practices in library closures

EPA Guilty of Bad Faith and Unfair Labor Practice in Shutting Agency

Washington, DC – A federal arbitrator has found the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency guilty of unfair labor practices and acting in bad
faith in its national series of library closures, according to a ruling
posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
(PEER). EPA is ordered to bargain with affected public employee unions
before making any further changes in its library network.

During the past two years, EPA has closed or reduced access to much of
its network of libraries which serve both its own specialists and the
public. Altogether, access to EPA libraries in 23 states has been
completely lost, and several specialized collections have been
shuttered, including its headquarters library.

Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 17:45:19 -0500
From: Lynne E. Bradley lbradley@alawash.org
From: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 28, 2008
Contact: Carol Goldberg (202) 265-7337

View the action by Congress ordering EPA to restore its libraries

Read the letter of protest by 10,000 EPA scientists

Trace how the agency stealth campaign to close libraries unfolded

Read the full arbitrator’s decision