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Event 2014 ALA Program: "Labor Solidarity in a 'Right-to-Work' State"

by Jennifer Dorning on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 02:57 pm

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.

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.

Las Vegas Convention Center, N236

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Discussion Call for Papers for Forthcoming Book: In Solidarity: Academic Librarian Labour Activism and Union Participation in Canada

by Alison Lewis on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 01:09 pm

Call for Papers for Forthcoming Book: In Solidarity: Academic Librarian Labour Activism and Union Participation in Canada

EDITORS:
Jennifer Dekker, University of Ottawa (jdekker@uottawa.ca)
Mary Kandiuk, York University (mkandiuk@yorku.ca)

PUBLISHER: Library Juice Press

EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

Call for Papers for Forthcoming Book: In Solidarity: Academic Librarian Labour Activism and Union Participation in Canada

EDITORS:
Jennifer Dekker, University of Ottawa (jdekker@uottawa.ca)
Mary Kandiuk, York University (mkandiuk@yorku.ca)

PUBLISHER: Library Juice Press

EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

BOOK ABSTRACT:
With a focus on Canada, this collection will document the labour-related struggles and gains of academic librarians. It will provide historical and current perspectives regarding the unionization of academic librarians, an exploration of the major labour issues affecting academic librarians in both certified and non-certified union contexts, as well as case studies relating to the unionization of academic librarians at selected institutions. The volume will strive to include a broad representation of academic librarian labour activists and those who have rallied to the support of academic librarians in the workplace.

OBJECTIVE OF THE BOOK:
This edited collection will gather the common experiences of Canadian academic librarians and situate them in a national framework with respect to unionization. It will examine the issues that have led to the formal organization of academic librarians, the gains that have been achieved, and the ramifications of those gains. A limited number of chapters exploring relevant issues from a non-Canadian perspective are also being sought in order to provide insight and comparisons in a broader context.

POSSIBLE TOPICS:
The editors invite chapters that describe activities undertaken by academic librarians, unions, and related associations that further the goals of librarians in the academy from a labour perspective. Examples of topics that would be of particular interest to the editors include:
• Academic freedom cases involving U.S. academic librarians, for the purpose of comparing these to the Canadian setting;
• Librarians and governance on Canadian and / or U.S .campuses;
• Faculty or academic status of librarians in the U.S., including a comparison with Canada;
• Successful mobilization or political strategies for unionization or labour actions of academic librarians;
• Case studies of academic librarians asserting their collective rights in such a way that might provide inspiration or guidance for other groups;
• Labour action or the experience of strike within the academic library environment.
In particular, the editors would like to encourage chapters that explore the experiences of academic librarians from a labour perspective using a methodological framework as appropriate. Proposals that examine the issues from a theoretical framework are also welcome.

TARGET AUDIENCES:
The editors believe that this book will be of interest to academic librarians, labour historians, and those interested in academic labour or unionization of library workers.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Authors are invited to submit abstracts and proposals of 300-500 words to jdekker@uottawa.ca and mkandiuk@yorku.ca by January 15, 2013. Notifications will be sent by February 1, 2013. A draft manuscript ranging from 1,500-7,000 words will be due by June 1, 2013. Submitted manuscripts must not have been published previously or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Following review, articles will be returned via e-mail for revision before final acceptance. All materials will be edited as necessary for clarity. All submissions should include at the beginning an abstract of no more than 150 words, highlighting the scope, methodology, and conclusions of the paper. Authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2010). We welcome contributions from scholars and practitioners alike. If you wish to discuss your contribution please feel free to contact us.
Submission of proposals should include:
Name of author
Title
Affiliation
Contact information
300-500 word abstract

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Discussion Labor History Site Tour this Friday in Chicago

by Jennifer Dorning on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 09:19 am

LABOR HISTORY SITE TOUR THIS FRIDAY IN CHICAGO

Details: Tour of the Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Chicago led by Illinois Labor History Society President, Larry Spivack.  Organized by the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.  The tour is open to all, even non-ALA members!

Date: Friday, June 28th

Time: 3pm

LABOR HISTORY SITE TOUR THIS FRIDAY IN CHICAGO

Details: Tour of the Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Chicago led by Illinois Labor History Society President, Larry Spivack.  Organized by the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.  The tour is open to all, even non-ALA members!

Date: Friday, June 28th

Time: 3pm

Location: Haymarket Martyrs Monument at Randolph and Desplains Street (just a few blocks west of the loop).  I expect we will mostly be in this location, but may go to a nearby courthouse that has relevant items on display.

Suggested Donation: $15 to 25 to benefit the Illinois Labor History Society

Expected duration: 1 hour

 

Please let me know if you have questions.

Jennifer

Co-Chair, AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups

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Discussion Chicago Teachers Union’s secret to success? The rank and file are in control.

by Kathleen McCook on Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 07:19 pm

Proponents of the CTU’s bottom-up organizing style say there is no other way to win. “Top-down just does not work. It’s the style of the bosses,” says the CTU's Kenzo Shibata.

 

Discussion Chicago Teachers Union: Charters do not outperform unionized schools

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 08:53 am

Rahm Emanuel!-- if you want to fight the union, at least use the facts. And the central fact is this: the nonunion charters are not outperforming the unionized schools. No, it's just the other way around.

--By Ben Joravsky

Discussion Organizing as a Civil Right

by Kathleen McCook on Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 09:38 pm

In the preface to the book, Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right, Tom Geoghegan, a noted labor lawyer whom Kahlenberg credits with first coming up with the idea, argues that bringing union organizing under the protection of civil rights law would "change the culture as much as the civil rights revolution did" for racial and gender discrimination.

In the preface to the book, Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right, Tom Geoghegan, a noted labor lawyer whom Kahlenberg credits with first coming up with the idea, argues that bringing union organizing under the protection of civil rights law would "change the culture as much as the civil rights revolution did" for racial and gender discrimination. Moreover, he adds, "Nothing would do more to put a brake on the country's runaway economic inequality."

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/organizing-as-a-civil-right-how-to-strengthen-labor-and-reverse-inequality-20120920#ixzz27LoazeBI

Chicago public school teachers and their supporters picket in front of the Chicago Public Schools headquarters in Chicago.

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Discussion Victory in Wisconsin

by Kathleen McCook on Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 06:53 pm

A Wisconsin judge has struck down the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers, ruling the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and is null and void. The action comes after a lawsuit brought by unions for Madison teachers Milwaukee city employees. A Walker spokesman said they will appeal. Stay tuned.

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Discussion Solidarity Actions with Chicago Teachers Union

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 08:10 am

1. write letters of support to Karen Lewis President Chicago Teachers Union, local 1 Attention: Audrey May, 222 Merchandize mart 4th floor Chicago Il 60654

2 Donate money by check or credit card;  Checks go to CTU Solidarity Fund and mailed to the above address.  Credit card money can be sent using format found on CTU sitewww.ctunet.com

Discussion What's really at stake in the Chicago Teachers Union strike.?

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 05:53 am

What's really at stake in the Chicago Teachers Union strike. You can download the one-page summary or the entire 46-page report.http://www.ctunet.com/quest-center/research/the-schools-chicagos-students-deserve

What's really at stake in the Chicago Teachers Union strike. You can download the one-page summary or the entire 46-page report.http://www.ctunet.com/quest-center/research/the-schools-chicagos-students-deserve

The Schools Chicago's Students Deserve

The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve is a new Chicago Teachers Union study which argues in favor of proven educational reforms to dramatically improve the education of more than 400,000 students in a district of 675 schools.

These reforms are desperately needed and can lead Chicago towards the world-class educational system its students deserve. As CTU President Karen Lewis stated, “This report will quickly become the leading public policy platform for all people truly interested in how to reverse the status quo in our city's public schools.”

 

--thanks to Mark Hudson for posting to SRRT list.

 

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

by Jennifer Dorning on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

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.

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 orjdorning@dpeaflcio.org. 

 

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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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