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Please Join Us at Annual for: Keep the Fight Going: Libraries Fight Back!

KEEP THE FIGHT GOING: LIBRARIES FIGHT BACK!

Libraries are at the core of our communities and at the forefront of the digital world. Library workers help preserve the past while educating for the future. Libraries can reinvigorate blighted areas and inspire people to “be the change.” Yet when budgetary crises occur, libraries always seem to be the first offered for sacrifice.

This program will examine the essential services that libraries – public and academic – provide to communities locally and globally. The program will highlight how unions serve as advocates for librarians and teacher librarians; how one union was able to fight back against drastic proposed budget cuts in Englewood, NJ; and how the creation of labor-management partnerships can improve the relationship between labor and management and the operation of libraries.

 

Organized by: AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups

 

Logistics: Monday, June 25, 10:30 – 12:00pm, Room ACC 210D

 

 Featured Speakers

Anne Cisney is the President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 2083, Seattle Public Library. Anne will address how the creation of labor-management partnerships can improve the relationship between labor and management and the operation of libraries.

 

Connie Williams has been a teacher librarian for 24 years, is the past president of the California School Library Association, and a national board certified teacher librarian. She is also a union site representative for the Petaluma Federation of Teachers, Local 1881 at Petaluma High School. Connie will talk about how unions serve as advocates for librarians and teacher librarians.

 

Nicole Williams is a reference librarian at Englewood Public Library and a member of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Local 108. She serves as a shop steward in her union. Nicole will talk about how her union, working with library advocates, fought back drastic cuts to the Englewood Public Library.

 

Questions? Contact Joint Committee co-chair Jennifer Dorning: 202-638-0340 or jdorning@dpeaflcio.org. 

 

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