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Discussion Boston Public Librarians Support Wisconsin Public Sector Workers

by Ann Langone on Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association (BPLPSA), the union representing librarians and professional staffers at the Boston Public Library, thanks all our members for attending the recent local rallies in solidarity with Wisconsin public sector unions.

Resolved that Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association Executive Board supports the Wisconsin Public Sector Workers in their fight to preserve collective bargaining rights. Their fight represents the fight for justice for public sector workers everywhere.

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Discussion “We’re the cornerstone of democracy. "-- LA Librarians’ Guild President, Roy Stone. "Yes on L."

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 05:35 am

 


“We’re the cornerstone of democracy. "-- LA Librarians’ Guild President, Roy Stone. "Yes on L"

Los Angeles votes on library funding next week.

Los Angeles city voters decide next week on Tuesday, March 8 whether to set aside more money for public libraries in the city’s charter. Last year, the mayor and City Council slashed spending on the library system to address a big budget deficit. That forced all 76 locations to close two days a week for the first time.

Librarians’ Guild President Roy Stone argues that people shouldn’t regard libraries as just another city department. “We’re the cornerstone of democracy. Without the free public library system, you don’t have that open exchange of information.

Librarians' Guild AFSCME Local 2626
Yes on L.

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Discussion American Library Association President Roberta Stevens on proposed collective bargaining legislation

by Diedre Conkling on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 02:28 pm

American Library Association President Roberta Stevens on proposed collective bargaining legislation

CHICAGO -  As thousands protest proposed collective bargaining legislation in Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, American Library Association (ALA) President Roberta Stevens released the following statement in support of those standing up for workers’ rights.

American Library Association President Roberta Stevens on proposed collective bargaining legislation

CHICAGO -  As thousands protest proposed collective bargaining legislation in Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, American Library Association (ALA) President Roberta Stevens released the following statement in support of those standing up for workers’ rights.

While governments are facing financial challenges, addressing deficits should not serve as an opportunity to strip away the hard-won right of workers to collectively bargain,” said Stevens.

As library visits continue to soar, with job seekers and families turning to our libraries to gain new skills and free access to education resources, the value of library service and staff should be recognized and protected.

 “The ALA supports library employees in seeking equitable compensation and recognizes the principle of collective bargaining as an important element of successful labor-management relations. We affirm the right of employees to organize and bargain collectively with their employers, without fear of reprisal. These are basic workers’ rights that we defend for thousands of academic, public and school library professionals.”

The American Library Association is the voice of America's libraries and the millions of people who depend on them. With more than 63,000 members, the ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world and represents all types of libraries and librarians. 

http://ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pr.cfm?id=6382

 

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Discussion LC Guild supports Wisconsin public employees

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 07:14 am

Library of Congress employees join DC rally for collective bargaining rights  

Library of Congress Guild (AFSCME 2910) supports collective bargaining rights of America's public employees.  Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO Rally, Feb. 23, 2011, Washington, DC.

Library of Congress employees join DC rally for collective bargaining rights  

Library of Congress Guild (AFSCME 2910) supports collective bargaining rights of America's public employees.  Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO Rally, Feb. 23, 2011, Washington, DC.

Click here ...

http://www.photoshow.com/watch/Qi7xU3VV?source=em_ps_show_owner

[sent by Jessica Storrs:Great photo show Saul Schniderman at the Library of Congress.  Thanks  to the members of Local 2910 for coming to support public employees at the DC rally yesterday.

(note the link below includes sound so turn it down if you’re at the reference desk!!)If anyone else has news/photos to share – please do so!)

Solidarity.

Jessica Storrs

Research Librarian

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Discussion Stark Choices in San Jose

by Kathleen McCook on Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 11:22 am

2.17.2011.

2.17.2011.

Yolanda Cruz, who represents the city's largest labor union, the Municipal Employees' Federation, said the librarians, emergency dispatchers, planners and other members of her group resent being asked to make the same sacrifices as top city officials banking six-figures in paychecks, pensions and retirement sick-leave cashouts.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed laid out a stark choice in his State of the City speech Thursday night: Either the city's employees accept significant pay and benefit cuts to curb their runaway pension costs or the already-lean city work force will be pared dangerously thin.

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Discussion Wisconsin Librarians Should not be Sacrificed

by Kathleen McCook on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 07:53 pm

 


 


Wisconsin Librarians Should not be Sacrificed

Praise for Wisconsin Workers’ Protests at AFL-CIO blog.

California Federation of Teachers: Raging Librarians

Also SEIU blog:
Collective bargaining and a vibrant middle class go hand-in-hand #default
By Kate Thomas
Need proof? Look to Wisconsin, where more than 100,000 teachers, nurses, librarians and other public workers' courageous efforts in a critical battle to safeguard collective bargaining rights

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Discussion Labor Resolution Frequently Asked Questions

by Jennifer Dorning (non-member) on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 04:00 pm

Two labor resolutions will be presented at the Midwinter meeting in San Diego.  Attached are two Frequently Asked Question sheets for the resolutions. 

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Discussion Labor Resolutions to be Heard at Midwinter Meeting

by Jennifer Dorning (non-member) on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 09:21 am

The two attached resolutions are going to be put before council at the ALA Midwinter meeting in January.  The resolutions have been endorsed by the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.  

 

RESOLUTION NUMBER 1

The two attached resolutions are going to be put before council at the ALA Midwinter meeting in January.  The resolutions have been endorsed by the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.  

 

RESOLUTION NUMBER 1

The first resolution requires that the ALA “To the extent known at the initial announcement of conference registration and prior to the conference taking place, will inform attendees of conferences and exhibitions if a hotel is on the “Do Not Patronize” list of the local labor body during an ALA event, or is the object of a boycott because of the unfair labor practices of the hotel.”   

 

Argument in support of resolution:  The ALA has an obligation to its members to notify them of facts that would result in disruption or exclusion of ALA members from ALA meetings.  The ALA books hotel space, determines meeting location, and has contact information for every person registered for ALA events.  This puts the ALA in a unique position to disseminate important information to ALA members who are registered to attend ALA events

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2

The second resolution requires that the ALA:

(1) “Will inquire as to the union status of hotels at the time of booking and the expiration date of any collective bargaining agreements at the hotel, and require that the hotel provide updates regarding the start of any future collective bargaining discussions;

(2) To the extent feasible, will make every effort to use as main convention hotels only those in which a majority of the hourly workforce is represented by one or more labor unions; and

(3) To the extent feasible, will insert a clause in its contracts with hotels asserting the right to cancel its contract to use a hotel if that hotel is placed on the “Do Not Patronize” list by the local labor body, or is the site of a boycott, because of unfair labor practices, called by an organization which represents, or is seeking to represent, the hotel’s employees.”

 

Argument in support of resolution: Many librarians and library workers are union members.  A 2009 survey found that 38% of workers in the education, training, and library occupations were union members. Another 2009 survey found that 23.7% of library technicians were union members and 25% of librarians were union members. The majority of union members (and even some non-union members) will not patronize a boycotted hotel or cross a picket line.  If an ALA meeting is being held at a hotel that is under boycott or being picketed, then ALA members are effectively excluded from those meetings.  This stifles debate. 

Several other associations, including the American Public Health Association; National Communication Association; and the American Political Science Association have the same policy.  Also, many other associations and organizations have moved their meetings as the result of labor disputes, including the Asian Law Caucus; Equality California; California League of Conservation Voters; Association for Conflict Resolution; American Baseball League; American Association of Justice; California Nurses Association; Association of Realtors; United Way of America; American Bar Association; Centers for Disease Control; Human Rights Watch; GLAAD; PFLAG; and many others. 

This was prepared by Jennifer Dorning, ALA Member and Co-Chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.

 

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Discussion Work and Transformation: Documenting Working Americans.-Archie Green Fellowships

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 05:27 pm

 


 


Work and Transformation: Documenting Working Americans.-Archie Green Fellowships

Symposium Co-Sponsored by the American Folklife Center and the
Institute for Museum and Library Services
December 6-7, 2010
Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540Archie Green.

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Discussion Bibliopocalypse in Buffalo & Erie County Library.

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 09:38 pm

 


 


Bibliopocalypse in Buffalo & Erie County Library.

Buffalo & Erie County Library.

Library supporters protested the county's plans to cut $4 million from the Buffalo & Erie County Library.

"We're here to make some noise!" rallied Timothy Galvin, president of the union that represents county librarians.

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