President, Local 1930
First-time executive board member Valentin (Val) Colon is serving his third term as president of New York Public Library Guild Local 1930.
“My big fight has always been for the staff,” said Colon, pointing to the local’s string of 10 arbitration wins during his tenure. One arbitration led to a restoration of overtime pay for Sunday work and won the affected members $250,000 in back pay. Colon joined the library’s workforce as a clerk in 1980 through the federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act. He was soon hired on the library’s regular staff, and is now an Offi ce Associate 3.
Colon has sought to improve the local’s sometimes strained working relationship with DC 37. That paid off last year, when DC 37 and the union’s library locals worked together to convince the City Council to add $43 million to the budgets of the city’s three library systems, which have suffered years of downsizing and service cuts.