As many of you probably know, Libraries are going through kind of a hard time right now budget-wise. There have been more cuts than we'd like to admit.
Back in April, the Library I work for received their proposed budget cuts for the new fiscal year. It was a pretty massive chop in our funding. Enough so that my Library started handing out layoff notices. More specifically, over 400 layoff notices. People, of course, were outraged. This meant closing a lot of branches and a lot less books and programs.
I was one of those who received a layoff notice.
I was pretty stressed about it for a long time. Because of living costs, I would not have been able to stay in my same living situation. Meaning, I'd have to move somewhere I have family to stay with. And it would also force me to start job searching again - and knowing the dire state of Libraries right now, I was really nervous.
Because that initial budget cut was only the proposed budget, there was time for petitioning, postcard campaigns, rallies, read-ins, and more. My Library and our customers picked ourselves up and started protesting. The response from the public was almost overwhelming.
Once the official budget was passed, they had restored a little over half of what we need. This saved several people from being laid off. Not me, though. But this last week has changed a few things. The Library met with our union to work out some job saving things... and on Wednesday they started calling people to rescind their layoff notices.
I was out of the office this week for my birthday, so I wasn't sure if I would get a call. Several coworkers sent me facebook messages letting me know that I had to be saved. Last night I got back into town and had a letter waiting for me from my employer. It was my official notice that they have rescinded my layoff notice.
I still have a job!!
I am soooo relieved, I cannot even begin to describe. Now all I have to do is remember all of those things I said I would do if I didn't get laid off (buy a new purse, start some list, etc).
Now, just because I didn't get laid off doesn't mean no one did. There are still 46 people in my Library that are going to be laid off. Their last day is September 3rd. What a depressing day. Please keep these people in your thoughts - because losing a job can feel devastating.
It's hard to celebrate when others are in such a bad spot, but I'm really, really, really happy. YAY!!