In reference to the article, "G.P. library unions accept fact-finder's conclusions" (May 27, Grosse Pointe News), I was pleased to see that the fact-finder, William C. Schaub, suggested in his analysis that "the library could afford to compensate its employees and close the gap between their salaries and those of other public library groups."
I was appalled several years ago to learn how little the librarians here in Grosse Pointe earn when compared to other communities. True, if you look at the average salary it appears to be quite high.
That average, however, takes into account the librarians who remain from the time that the library staff was paid the same as the teaching staff in the schools.
The typical librarian now earns far less than that average. How do we, as a community, tolerate this? How do we expect to attract and retain qualified staff if we refuse to pay a competitive wage?
John Bruce's comment about the unwillingness of the union to bargain a contract fails to mention the unwillingness of the board to pay a decent, competitive wage.
It also seems to ignore Mr. Schaub's analysis which is basically the same as what the employees have maintained, that "a contract settlement could be paid for without any increase in the operating millage from 1994."