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Discussion Nyack Library workers vote to unionize

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 07:00 am

 

Nyack Library workers have voted  for a union, making it among the small handful of Rockland County libraries where employees are covered by unions.

 

Nyack Library workers have voted  for a union, making it among the small handful of Rockland County libraries where employees are covered by unions.

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During a secret ballot election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, staffers voted 33 to 7 in favor of establishing a union and affiliating with the New York State United Teachers, a statewide labor union made up of more than a half million healthcare, education and human service workers.

UNION LIBRARY WORKERS report: http://unionlibraryworkers.blogspot.com/2017/07/library-workers-vote-to-join-teachers.html

 

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Discussion Nyack Library workers vote to unionize

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 06:59 am

 

Nyack Library workers have voted  for a union, making it among the small handful of Rockland County libraries where employees are covered by unions.

 

Nyack Library workers have voted  for a union, making it among the small handful of Rockland County libraries where employees are covered by unions.

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During a secret ballot election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, staffers voted 33 to 7 in favor of establishing a union and affiliating with the New York State United Teachers, a statewide labor union made up of more than a half million healthcare, education and human service workers.

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UNION LIBRARY WORKERS report: http://unionlibraryworkers.blogspot.com/2017/07/library-workers-vote-to-join-teachers.html

 

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Discussion President Trump Stacking NLRB with Union Busters

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 07:07 am

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President Trump is putting the NLRB in the position to undo a number of importantObama-era labor decisions. His NLRB could potentially reverse rulings that made it easier for small groups of workers to unionize, established grad students as employees, put charter school employees under NLRB jurisdiction, and held parent companies jointly liable for with franchise operators who break labor laws.

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Discussion Teamsters organize University of Chicago Library Workers

by Kathleen McCook on Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 07:05 am

Student Library Employee Union Joins Teamsters-University of Chicago.

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Discussion U of C-Student Library Employees Union & Teamsters Local 743

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 03:06 pm

University of Chicago Libraries- Student Library Employees Union, worked with Teamsters Local 743.

 

A coalition of University of Chicago student library workers filed a petition yesterday to become one of the nation’s first primarily undergraduate student unions at a private university. The group of student employees, calling themselves the Student Library Employees Union, worked with Teamsters Local 743, a local labor union, to file the petition with the National Labor Relations Board this past Sunday.

The petition calls for an election to determine whether student library employees will unionize and gain the legal right to negotiate with the University on issues such as employee wages, hours, and third-party legal representation in cases of Title IX, ADA and labor violations. Only as unionized workers will students be able to protect their rights as well as fully engage in the academic mission of the University of Chicago.

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Discussion Camden County, NJ library workers lowest paid in state

by Kathleen McCook on Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 02:05 pm

In long Camden County library contract dispute, hint of a breakthrough

 
Camden County, NJ  Library System librarians and librarian assistants are seeking a new contract and higher wages.
 
 
 

In long Camden County library contract dispute, hint of a breakthrough

 
Camden County, NJ  Library System librarians and librarian assistants are seeking a new contract and higher wages.
 
 
 
Librarians' assistants in the county, who are represented by Communications Workers of America Local 1014, earn the lowest starting salaries in the state.
 
Librarians are the lowest paid in the state. The librarians, almost all of whom are women, are represented by AFSCME Local 1454

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Discussion Stop the war on students-LIU

by Kathleen McCook on Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 07:20 am

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Despite soggy weather, hundreds of faculty, staff, students and community members gathered April 6 to say "no more" to the destructive actions of Long Island University administrators. They rallied to insist that the university community be included in crucial policymaking in the future and that the administration sign fair contracts with all LIU unions before commencement May 11. -

Randi Weingarten with protestors

 

Despite soggy weather, hundreds of faculty, staff, students and community members gathered April 6 to say "no more" to the destructive actions of Long Island University administrators. They rallied to insist that the university community be included in crucial policymaking in the future and that the administration sign fair contracts with all LIU unions before commencement May 11. -

 

See more at: http://www.aft.org/news/long-island-university-unions-say-stop-war-students#sthash.tQWzLmp4.dpuf

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Discussion 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

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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.

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.

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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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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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