Rahm Emanuel announced Saturday that Chicago's branch libraries will be open Monday afternoons, after all, reversing an announcement made two weeks ago that branch libraries would close all day Monday. The announcement aligns with the original 2012 mayoral budget that passed the Chicago City Council 50-0. The budget called for libraries to be open four hours on Monday.
AFSCME, the public employee union that represents library workers, said that while they were happy with the announcement, the mayor has not actually talked to their representatives in a week. Also, AFSCME wants the city to undo all library layoffs in the 2012 budget and return branch libraries to 48-hour weeks.
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