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The East Side Freedom Library (link is external) has been selected as the 2017 winner of the John Sessions Memorial Award.by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 09:42 pm
The award, sponsored by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO(link is external), 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 contributions of the labor movement to the development of the United States.
The mission of the East Side Freedom Library is “to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice, and work toward equity for all.” As an independent library located in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul, Minn., the ESFL has successfully built relationships with organized labor and community groups that facilitate the empowerment, learning, and engagement of working people.
Since the library was established in 2013, co-founders Peter Rachleff and Beth Cleary have secured a permanent home in a former Carnegie Library, built a collection of 15,000 items, and hosted more than one hundred programs and 6,000 visitors.
Multiple letters from local and regional labor unions glowingly attest to the Library’s leadership in raising awareness of the centrality of workers, immigrants, and the labor movement to the past, present and future of the East Side, Twin Cities, and Minnesota, as well as being a “valuable resource and reliable ally,” “a place where diverse audiences assemble, hold conversations, and explore shared concerns,” “an important extension of the local labor movement,” and repeatedly, a “partner.”
The John Sessions Memorial Award committee includes: Aliqae Geraci (Chair), Hilary Meg Albert, and Phebe L. Dickson.
The East Side Freedom Library will be honored with a plaque at the RUSA Achievement Awards ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The ceremony will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25. All conference attendees are invited to the event. Additional event details will be available on the conference website(link is external) in April.
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.
“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. "
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.
Read more about this intrepid union librarian at the Union Library Worker blog.
The Democratic Party’s abandonment of the working class cleared the space for Trump.
Union Library Workers- stand up for worker rights.
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?
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.
Professor of Social Work, LIU Faculty Federation president
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....