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Event Labor and African American History Bus Tour at ALA Annual in San Francisco

by Jennifer Dorning on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 09:31 am

DISCOVER THE LABOR AND AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY OF

SAN FRANCISCO AT ALA ANNUAL

A special bus tour for ALA members will trace San Francisco’s labor and African American history. The tour will explore labor sites as well as sites along San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail.

DISCOVER THE LABOR AND AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY OF

SAN FRANCISCO AT ALA ANNUAL

A special bus tour for ALA members will trace San Francisco’s labor and African American history. The tour will explore labor sites as well as sites along San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail.

The roots of labor and African American history run deep in San Francisco. A. Philip Randolph touched off the modern civil rights movement from San Francisco’s Hotel Whitcomb in 1935 when he convinced the AFL-CIO to certify the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and ban segregation in the labor movement. Other historic labor events and activities include the West Coast Waterfront Strike of 1934, support for the Montgomery bus boycott, the United San Francisco Freedom Movement, anti-apartheid activities, and the church-labor coalition.

San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail tours the sites where African American pioneers locally changed the world. One of the most dominant features of Fisherman’s Wharf is the public art of Sargent Johnson, whose work adorns the front and back of the main building of the San Francisco National Maritime Historical Park as well as the stadium of George Washington High School. Among those who drew inspiration from his work were Maya Angelou and Johnny Mathis, as they matriculated there. Just up Hyde Street from the Maritime Park is the Russian Hill mansion where Langston Hughes wrote and partied with the Hollywood upper crust in 1934-35. Also near the waterfront is the apartment where Alex Haley wrote the Autobiography of Malcolm X and ROOTS.

The joint labor and African American Freedom Trail tour will be led by Oxford University Press historian and Trail curator John William Templeton. Raise your cultural awareness of our conference host city with the knowledge of where movements were born and the greats drew their inspiration.

 

DETAILS:

Date: Friday, June 26, 2015

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2015

Time: 9:30am, tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Depending on demand, more times may be added.

Departs from: the passenger loading zone on the south side of Mission Street midway between 3rd and 4th Street directly behind the Moscone Convention Center.

Cost: $25

Register at: http://www.californiablackhistory.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=58

Questions? Contact Jennifer Dorning at 202-638-0320 ext. 114 or jdorning@dpeaflcio.org.

Please note: this tour is not sponsored by ALA or RUSA.

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Online Doc 2015 Midwinter Meeting Materials

by Jennifer Dorning on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:11 am

Attached is the agenda, roster, and 2015 annual program description.

Discussion Joint Committee's Annual 2014 RUSA Committee Report

by Aliqae Geraci on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 02:15 pm

Submitted to RUSA, August 2014.

Discussion Meeting Materials for AFL-CIO Joint Committee

by Jennifer Dorning on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 02:09 pm

I hope to see you all at our committee meeting on Saturday, June 28th at 10:30am at the Las Vegas Hotel, Conference Room 13.

Attached are:

Agenda

Roster

Midwinter Meeting Minutes

Proposed 2015 Program Description

Event "Labor Soidarity in a 'Right-to-Work' State" featuring author James P. Kraft

by Jennifer Dorning on Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 08:58 am

AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee Program for 2014:

AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee Program for 2014:

The rich labor history of Las Vegas will serve as the setting to understand the impact “right-to-work” laws have on the workforce. Professor James P. Kraft, author of Vegas at Odds: Labor Conflict in a Leisure Economy, 1960-1985, will discuss the changing fortunes of organized and unorganized labor as Las Vegas evolved from a small, somewhat seedy desert oasis into the glitzy tourist destination that it is today. Danny L. Thompson, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO will shed light on how right-to-work has affected union membership in Nevada.

This program will provide librarians with information they can use to help their patrons and community members understand the impact of “right-to-work” laws.

James P. Kraft, Professor of History at the University of Hawai`i, is the author of Vegas at Odds: Labor Conflict in a Leisure Economy, 1960-1985 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) and Stage to Studio: Musicians and the Sound Revolution, 1890-1950 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).

Danny L. Thompson, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Nevada State AFL-CIO is a nationally recognized labor leader with 125 affiliates and more than 225,000 members state-wide in Nevada. He directs one of the most effective state labor movements in the country.

Program is on Monday, June 30, 10:30 – 11:30am at the Las Vegas Convention Center, N236

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

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Discussion Salary Advocacy Toolkit For Librarians and Library Workers

by Jennifer Dorning on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 01:06 pm

The American Library Association – Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has released the fifth edition of its Advocating for Better Salaries Toolkit. Initially created in 2002, the revised Toolkit is designed to help library workers advocate and negotiate for better salaries and address pay equity issues in a post-Recession, more-with-less environment.

The American Library Association – Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has released the fifth edition of its Advocating for Better Salaries Toolkit. Initially created in 2002, the revised Toolkit is designed to help library workers advocate and negotiate for better salaries and address pay equity issues in a post-Recession, more-with-less environment.

While too many salary negotiation and library advocacy resources are one-size-fits-all, the Advocating for Better Salaries Toolkit addresses the varied needs, interests, and capabilities of library workers, including support staff, librarians, and library managers, in public, academic, or special libraries. Readers will find guidance on determining fair market value, comprehensive negotiation strategies for both individual workers and union members, and targeted advice for librarians seeking faculty status and managers looking to raise staff pay. Since the release of the fourth edition in 2007, the Toolkit has been updated to reflect the economic concerns of today’s library workers, with sections on incorporating pay issues into library advocacy campaigns, negotiating in a saturated labor market, and the continued importance of recruiting, rewarding, and retaining a quality library workforce.

Thanks to the members of the ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Status and Salaries of Library Workers (SSLW) participating in the revision, specifically authors Jennifer Dorning, Tara Dunderdale, Shannon L. Farrell, Aliqae Geraci, Rachel Rubin, and Jessica Storrs.

ALA-APA is a companion organization to the American Library Association (ALA), established “to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.”

 

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Discussion John Sessions Memorial Award Deadline Extended, $1,000 Award for Winner

by Jennifer Dorning on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 09:51 am

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2014 John Sessions Memorial Award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

 

For the current award year, the winner will receive $1,000, made possible by RUSA.

 

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2014 John Sessions Memorial Award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

 

For the current award year, the winner will receive $1,000, made possible by RUSA.

 

Established in 1980, the award is named in honor of John Sessions, former American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.  The John Sessions Memorial Award recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States.

 

Such efforts may include outreach projects to local labor unions; establishment of, or significant expansion of, special labor collections; initiation of programs of special interest to the labor community; or other library activities that serve the labor community.

 

The 2014 award will presented at the RUSA Awards Reception during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 26-July 1, 2014.  To nominate a library or organization, download and complete the nomination form (PDF format), and follow the submission instructions therein.

 

Questions should be directed to the committee chair, Laura Carscaddon, lcarscaddon1@gsu.edu, 404-413-2804.

 

The deadline for nominations has been extended to December 23, 2013.

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Discussion John Sessions Memorial Award Nominations Still Being Accepted

by Jennifer Dorning on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 02:03 pm

Please disseminate widely!

 

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2014 John Sessions Memorial Award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Please disseminate widely!

 

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2014 John Sessions Memorial Award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Established in 1980, the award is named in honor of John Sessions, former American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.  The John Sessions Memorial Award recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States.

Such efforts may include outreach projects to local labor unions; establishment of, or significant expansion of, special labor collections; initiation of programs of special interest to the labor community; or other library activities that serve the labor community. 

The 2014 award will presented at the RUSA Awards Reception during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 26-July 1, 2014.  To nominate a library or organization, download and complete the nomination form (PDF format), and follow the submission instructions therein.

Questions should be directed to the committee chair, Laura Carscaddon, lcarscaddon1@gsu.edu, 404-413-2804.

The deadline for nominations is December 15.

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Discussion Nominations Open for the John Sessions Memorial Award

by Jennifer Dorning on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 02:55 pm

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 John Sessions Memorial Award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 John Sessions Memorial Award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Established in 1980, the award is named in honor of John Sessions, former American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.  The John Sessions Memorial Award recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States.

Such efforts may include outreach projects to local labor unions; establishment of, or significant expansion of, special labor collections; initiation of programs of special interest to the labor community; or other library activities that serve the labor community.

The Labor Archives of Washington (University of Washington) was the 2013 recipient of the award.  The Labor Archives are notable for their work with the labor, university and local community. Work with local schools has helped encourage the teaching of labor history in the classroom. The Labor Archives also host online and traveling exhibits that focus on labor history, particularly that of the Pacific Northwest.  

The award committee selected the Center for its efforts to educate the community on the accomplishments of labor through its public programs, publications, exhibitions, and oral history project.  These resources and the Center's outreach efforts illustrate their commitment to preserving and highlighting the history of labor. 

The 2014 award will presented at the RUSA Awards Reception during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 26-July 1, 2014.  To nominate a library or organization, download and complete the nomination form (PDF format), and follow the submission instructions therein.

Questions should be directed to the committee chair, Laura Carscaddon, lcarscaddon1@gsu.edu, 404-413-2804.

The deadline for nominations is December 15.

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Online Doc AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee Meeting Minutes, 2013 Annual Meeting in Chicago

by Jennifer Dorning on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 09:38 am

AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups Meeting Minutes

 

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013

Time & Place: 10:30 – 11:30 am, Hilton Chicago Room 4H, Chicago, Ill.

 

Co-Chairpersons:

       Jennifer Dorning (DPE, AFL-CIO) and Caroline Fuchs (ALA RUSA)

Attendees:

Jennifer Dorning (JD), Caroline Fuchs (CF), Jannie Cobb (JC), Justin A. Crossfox (JC), Alique Geraci (AG), Julius Jefferson (JJ), Janet O’Keefe (JO), Jessica Storrs (JS).

AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups Meeting Minutes

 

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013

Time & Place: 10:30 – 11:30 am, Hilton Chicago Room 4H, Chicago, Ill.

 

Co-Chairpersons:

       Jennifer Dorning (DPE, AFL-CIO) and Caroline Fuchs (ALA RUSA)

Attendees:

Jennifer Dorning (JD), Caroline Fuchs (CF), Jannie Cobb (JC), Justin A. Crossfox (JC), Alique Geraci (AG), Julius Jefferson (JJ), Janet O’Keefe (JO), Jessica Storrs (JS).

  • Introductions
  • Approval of midwinter minutes

 

Discussions:

 

Program at Annual 2014

  • JD mentioned that the session will again be one-hour in length and noted that at midwinter the committee discussed doing a program on Right to Work. 
  • Discussion ensued about the workability of this topic.  The consensus was to try to create a two person panel on right-to-work.
  • Since we will be meeting in Las Vegas, JC suggested James P. Kraft , author of "Vegas at Odds: Labor Conflict in a Leisure Economy, 1960-1985," for the program. Las Vegas provides a unique example of a vibrant labor movement located in a right-to-work state.
  • A second speaker would discuss right-to-work and the focus would be on resources that ALA attendees could bring home for their patrons. Ideas for a speaker are needed.
  • CF will contact the author and publisher
  • JD will rework a summary of the program

 

Labor Tour 2013

  • JD noted that the Larry Spivack, president of the Illinois Labor Society led the tour of the Haymarket Memorial in Chicago the day before our meeting.
  • Approximately 15 people attended. Suggested donations for tour were $15-25.

 

Booth 2013

  • JD commended the committee for filling so many time slots for the booth
  • Materials this year include: a poster for the John Sessions award, a display with the “union difference” for library workers, Library Workers Facts & Figures 2013 (DPE, AFL-CIO), “Friend of Labor” ribbons from DPE, AFL-CIO, “Don’t be a sucker for Privatization” tootsie pops from AFSCME, QR code displays for getting to the committee’s Facebook and RUSA webpage, and 331.99 buttons from AFSCME.  
  • JD provided talking points for booth staffers.

 

John Sessions award update

  • JC announced that the winner this year is the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections. The collection opened in 2010.
  • The committee plans to ask RUSA for $1000 award to encourage libraries to apply
  • Looking ahead to the 2015 Annual meeting in San Francisco (home of the San Francisco State University Labor Archives & Research Center) the committee would like to consider planning a program around the John Sessions Award/award winner.
  • The award recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States

 

Social Media

  • It was noted that our web presence is lacking
  • AG volunteered to add content to the Facebook Page
  • CF asked that committee members send content for our wiki page
  • JO volunteered to add content to both the Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • JS noted we have 57 followers on Twitter

 

Misc.

  • CF noted that RUSA committee appointments have been delayed. The official list of members is in limbo.
  • The committee currently has a union slot open due to Nick Yovnello’s (AFT) term ending.  As a post-script, we later learned that he was tragically killed in a car accident in New Jersey in July 2012.
  • Next ALA Midwinter meeting will be in Philadelphia, January 24-28, 2014

 

 Minutes taken by Jessica Storrs.

 

 

 

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