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Discussion IOWA-Librarians among Iowa Public Sector Employees at Risk

by Kathleen McCook on Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 09:23 am

Key Republican members of the Iowa legislature plan to file a bill on Monday February 6th that would gut collective bargaining rights for teachers, firefighters, city and school district employees, bus drivers, librarians, and other people who work in the public sector across Iowa. This would be a devastating blow to working families in this state, and its modeled after the bill passed in Wisconsin in 2011.

Key Republican members of the Iowa legislature plan to file a bill on Monday February 6th that would gut collective bargaining rights for teachers, firefighters, city and school district employees, bus drivers, librarians, and other people who work in the public sector across Iowa. This would be a devastating blow to working families in this state, and its modeled after the bill passed in Wisconsin in 2011.

http://www.blogforiowa.com/2017/02/03/stop-union-busting-rally-tuesday/

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Discussion AFL-CIO ALA

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 06:46 pm

Discussion Janet Irwin of AFSCME Local 88 turns the page on 46-year library career.

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 at 11:13 am

“I worked very hard getting library workers involved in Local 88,” said Irwin, who served as an elected vice president and secretary of Local 88, as well as a delegate to state and international AFSCME conventions. "

 
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“I worked very hard getting library workers involved in Local 88,” said Irwin, who served as an elected vice president and secretary of Local 88, as well as a delegate to state and international AFSCME conventions. "

 
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Janet Irwin retired Oct. 31 after 46 years as a librarian for Multnomah County. At the same time, she also surrendered her seat on the Executive Board of the Northwest Oregon Labor Council, where she was the second most senior member.

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Discussion Union Pledge

by Kathleen McCook on Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 10:44 am

 

Subject: We can never back down from our values. Pledge to tell your elected leaders that you will never stop fighting for what’s right.

 https://actionnetwork.org/forms/tell-your-elected-leaders-you-wont-stop-...

 

 

Discussion Unions & Working Class in 2016 election-abandoned

by Kathleen McCook on Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 08:10 am

The Democratic Party’s abandonment of the working class cleared the space for Trump.

Union Library Workers- stand up for worker rights.

The Democratic Party’s abandonment of the working class cleared the space for Trump.

Union Library Workers- stand up for worker rights.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/11/donald-trump-election-polls-whites-working-class/

 

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Discussion LIU Librarians & Faculty Need Your Support

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 05:55 pm

 

Sisters & Brother---we demanded Long Island University end its unprecedented faculty lockout at its Brooklyn campus. Thanks to your support and the tireless work of LIU’s educators, students and community, we ended the lockout! The outpouring of support from around the country helped force the administration to end its cruel experiment and get back to the bargaining table.

 

Sisters & Brother---we demanded Long Island University end its unprecedented faculty lockout at its Brooklyn campus. Thanks to your support and the tireless work of LIU’s educators, students and community, we ended the lockout! The outpouring of support from around the country helped force the administration to end its cruel experiment and get back to the bargaining table.

Now, we need you to raise your voice again. Tomorrow, bargaining over the LIU faculty contract will resume. President Kimberly Cline and the university’s board of trustees have an important decision to make. Will they work with us in good faith to reach just terms on a long-overdue new contract? Or will they continue to stand in the way by denying faculty the agreement we need to help students realize their dreams?

Click here to urge President Cline and the board of trustees to reach a speedy and fair contract with faculty.

Each day of the lockout, hundreds of allies rallied in front of the school gates to send a message that our futures could not be held to ransom by an administration hell-bent on cutting costs with no regard for education or LIU’s future. When thousands more joined us online, it helped make our collective voices too loud to ignore.

The LIU community cannot afford several more months of uncertainty. We can bring this thing home, and we hope you’ll stand with us again to win a fair contract. 

Thank you for all that you do.

In unity,
Jessica Rosenberg
Professor of Social Work, LIU Faculty Federation president

 

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Discussion LIU Lockout Over

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 07:37 pm

 

 

E Drabinski writes at Long Island University Faculty Federation blog:

 

Dear LIUFF Colleagues,

 

 

E Drabinski writes at Long Island University Faculty Federation blog:

 

Dear LIUFF Colleagues,

We have won a victory. The administration will end their unprecedented lockout effective 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, September 14. We will be reunited with our students and can resume our professional lives. Our collective bargaining agreement is extended until May 31, 2017, and the administration agreed to our condition that we engage a professional mediator to facilitate a fair contract. This timeframe gives us the opportunity to negotiate in good faith while preserving LIU Brooklyn....

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Discussion ALA-APA Pres. Julie Todaro Speaks Against LockOut of LIU-B Union

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 05:26 pm

BACKGROUND: This is a living document, able to be edited by anyone. As new stories are published, and more information becomes available, please feel free to add to it:

#LIULockout News Coverage & Resources.

 

Statement from American Library Association-Allied Professional Association

President Julie Todaro

(9/12/16)

“The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association is extremely concerned  over the unprecedented “lock-out” action taken against the faculty, including librarians, of LIU-Brooklyn by President Kimberly R. Cline and the LIU administration.  This preemptive action was taken while negotiations were still ongoing and threatens the quality of education provided to LIU-Brooklyn students.

We urge the LIU-Brooklyn administration to reconsider this assault on both the union and on the open and collegial traditions of higher education.   With student learning in mind, it is incumbent on both the administration and the union to pursue good-faith negotiations, without fear of reprisal.

The ALA-Allied Professional Association works within a policy framework that recognizes voluntary participation in collective bargaining; the intellectual contributions of faculty, including library faculty, to the teaching, research and service missions of their institutions; and, the value of employment security within the guidelines for acceptable performance, as well as salary administration which offers comparable rewards for positions having similar requirements.   We will continue to monitor the situation at LIU-Brooklyn, and urge the immediate cessation of the lock-out so productive talks can resume and student learning can continue.”

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Unions contribute to a stable, productive workforce—where workers have a say in improving their jobs.Library workers in public, academic and school libraries have organized in unions for better wages, working conditions and benefits. Unionization as a human right was included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as Article 23 when the UDHR was issued in 1948. Sixty years later, unions continue to be viewed as fundamental to democracy.

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