The Homewood Public Library board failed on Wednesday to ratify a contract with its employees represented by AFSCME, saying the board never received a signed contract. Employees organized with the union of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees more than two years ago after their work hours were cut, impacting pay and vacation benefits. At the library board’s May meeting, AFSCME members were anticipating the agreement would be ratified. The board went into an hour-long closed session meeting, and returned to the regular meeting saying, “due to questions and concerns raised by ASCME . . .