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Library employees return to work after employment lawsuit

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Two employees that were involved in a pending labor litigation went back to work at Westland's William P. Faust Public Library, the Westland Observer reports.

A third employee also associated with the litigation may also return to work after a judge determines the library board's financial liability in a lawsuit brought upon by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25 filed a lawsuit against the library for disciplining employees trying to organize a labor union.

President Mark Neal, the library's president, said in a statement it would be best for the library and its employees for the issue to be resolved as soon as possible. The lawsuit could have taken up to seven years to complete because if either side decides to appeal, that would extend the process an extra two to three years, Neal added.

It's unknown if the library had employment practices liability insurance, which can protect employers sued for wrongful termination.

"We're trying to stay afloat and this had a chance of shutting the library down," Neal said. "These people had good work records. They seemed to be good workers. We can stop the bleeding. It seemed to be a good thing to do."
 

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