New York Librarians Get Compensation If Temperature Drops Below 68 Degrees

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • RUSS BUETTNER nytimes.com

Under a little-known contract provision titled "Extreme Temperature Procedures," unionized workers at branches of the New York Public Library can accrue compensatory time when the temperature inside dips below 68 degrees for a couple of hours. Similar clauses exist for libraries across the city.

Officials with all three public library systems say they do not track the number of days awarded to chilled employees, but they estimate the clause is invoked only a few times each year because the heating systems at the branches are well maintained.

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