Internal Affairs: Volunteers now welcome at San Jose libraries

from the San Jose Mercury News

“When San Jose Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio wrote a memo four years ago urging that volunteers be used to augment the city staff at libraries, he ran into a buzzsaw of criticism. Union leaders argued that library work was no simple matter. Oliverio’s colleague, Councilman Ash Kalra, said it was “not just about putting books on the shelf.” At the core of the dispute was the fear that volunteers might take away jobs from regular city workers.”