May 16, 2022

Michigan: Grand Rapids Public Library to Lay Off 18 Employees


A worsening budget picture will prompt more layoffs than expected in the city’s library system.


Initially, that means 18 people are set to lose their jobs at the end of the fiscal year in June, said Jerry Toogood, Sr., president of the Grand Rapids Employees Independent Union.


The library faces a shortfall of about $900,000 in its budget of about $9 million. The library board last year ruled out closing library branches or cutting hours of operations as ways to balance the budget, said James Botts, board chairman.

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See Also: Grand Rapids Public Library 2013 Annual Report

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