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To: Linda Johnson, President and CEO

Brooklyn Public Library: Don't Make Us Clock Out for Meal Breaks

Brooklyn Public Library: Don't Make Us Clock Out for Meal Breaks

To improve customer service and employee morale, District Council 37 Local 1482 members demand an end to the SumTotal clock out policy for meal breaks during daytime shifts. Members should only be required to clock in at the beginning of a shift and clock out at the end of a shift on every work day.

Why is this important?

The SumTotal timekeeping system has created many problems for Local 1482 members working at Brooklyn Public Library. One of the biggest problems we experience is the requirement to clock out for meal breaks during daytime shifts. Most importantly, this policy interferes with our ability to provide quality customer service. We are routinely forced to choose between offering immediate assistance to a patron and finding a computer so that we can clock back in on time. For the same reason, we are often compelled to take less than the full 45 minutes of meal break time we are entitled to under the terms of our working conditions contract. Also, since members are not required to clock out for meal breaks during late night shifts we often forget to do so during daytime shifts. As a result, supervisors spend too much of their time in SumTotal fixing these honest mistakes as they occur. For all these reasons, we seek an end to a confusing, inconsistent, and burdensome policy that is not compatible with the nature of our work.


Reasons for signing

  • There are times I get my lunch, eat it while still working and forget to clock in on time...then I have to explain the reason why I took longer than 45min for lunch, which I do and still time is taken from Comp or AL which it's not credited to me. Sum Total its a complicated system that even supervisors who are to keep track of their staff hours don't even know how to do it.
  • Almost everyday, I eat at my desk. Most times working as I eat. I get a lot of work related distractions which almost always is the reason for me to forget to sign in from lunch. When you work so closely with the public, public service is there before you get in the door, throughout the day & up until you are closing your doors. Clock-Out/Clock-In for Lunch Breaks is a Major inconvenience & I am sure for supervisors who have to keep up with all the time keeping issues.
  • Sometimes you are stop by a patron in the lobby or in a division in need of help by the time you help them you are late from your lunch.


2015-07-21 12:10:54 -0400

100 signatures reached

2015-07-20 11:33:12 -0400

50 signatures reached

2015-07-17 16:25:33 -0400

25 signatures reached

2015-07-16 20:01:06 -0400

10 signatures reached