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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 (non-member) 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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Discussion AFSCME Supports Public Libraries

by Jennifer Dorning (non-member) on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 03:12 pm

From American Libraries Direct:

AFSCME open letter supports public libraries 

From American Libraries Direct:

AFSCME open letter supports public libraries 

In honor of National Library Workers Day, April 10, the library members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees have posted an open letter stating that “public libraries should remain public and fully funded.” The union invites like-minded individuals to add their names to the letter: “They cannot shut us down, they cannot shut us up, because we will not be shushed.”...

 

http://www.afscme.org/shush

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Discussion Toronto public library workers forced to strike over job security

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 06:42 pm

Strike.

LJ story.

The Toronto Public Library (TPL)’s workers are on strike, after four negotiation deadline extensions on March 18 failed to produce agreement. The union, TPLWU Local 4948, represents 2,300 workers, about half of whom are full time employees. “There are approximately 1800 FTEs,” Maureen O’Reilly, president of Local 4948, the Toronto Library Workers Union, told LJ. The library staff has been working without a contract since the first of the year, according to CTV.

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Discussion Toronto planning to shed 600 unionized jobs; TTC, library, fire and police

by Kathleen McCook on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 07:17 am

Toronto planning to shed 600 unionized jobs; TTC, library, fire and police among cuts http://natpo.st/s4eFy7 #unionlibrarians

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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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