Union Library Workers Community
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
From American Libraries Direct:
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.”...
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.
Chicago Mayor Emanuel Proposes Cuts in Library Staff
Mayor Emanuel—recently proposed a budget that would cut a third of the full-time equivalent library staff to save about $8 million in a $6.3 billion budget (in an effort to fill a projected deficit of $636 million). Although former Mayor Richard M. Daley built 58 new libraries, two years ago he cut back staff and left hundreds of positions vacant. Emanuel proposes eliminating 268 currently vacant positions and laying off about 284 employees. Emanuel has alternatives for filling his budget deficits, such as diversion of surplus local property taxes accumulating in tax increment financing districts....Carl Sorrell, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) local union representing city librarians, argued that "without the Chicago Public Library, the city of Chicago won't be as great as it is." But he also contended that the city would lose economically, since library employees must live in the city, and the cuts would have ripple effects that depress local buying power.
The University of New Hampshire and its faculty reached an impasse in salary negotiations on Thursday for the second time in a year, as the school struggles to cope with a steep cut in state funding.
The university and a union representing its 630 tenured and tenure-track professors will now go to mediation in an effort to agree on a new four-year contract, officials said.
Oct. 29, 2011
A previous one-year contract expired June 30, but faculty members have been working its terms during negotiations.
The school's administration has offered a 7.9 percent salary increase over four years and seeks higher faculty contributions to health insurance and retirement plans.
The union wants raises of 16 percent over four years. State law bars professors from striking.
Deanna Wood, a reference librarian and president of the faculty union, said many faculty members may opt not to accept the contract that has been offered.