The Palos Verdes Library District has declared an impasse in its labor negotiations with library employees and will not enter into mediation, library officials said.
The district and the union that represents the 63 employees who work in the Palos Verdes Peninsula's three libraries have been negotiating a proposed 1997-98 employment contract since May. The district will hold a public meeting tonight in which board members will review the positions taken by the district and the union on salary and benefits.
Employees, represented by Service Employees International Union, Local 347, are seeking a 3% raise, said union representative Gail Gegna, a library employee. The district is offering a 1.5% increase along with a cutback in benefits.
Library employees have not received a raise in six years. The union is concerned that without a mediator, the board will impose undesirable terms, Gegna said.