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Discussion #UnionLibrarians -twitter

by Kathleen McCook on Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 07:15 am

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Discussion Chicago Mayor Emanuel Proposes Cuts in Library Staff

by Kathleen McCook on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 08:16 am

Chicago Mayor Emanuel Proposes Cuts in Library Staff

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. 

 

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Discussion University of New Hampshire

by Kathleen McCook on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 07:59 am

University of New Hampshire Salary Impasse-Librarian, Deanna Woods, is President

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.

University of New Hampshire Salary Impasse-Librarian, Deanna Woods, is President

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.

 

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Discussion ITUC: UN Rio+20 Summit Must Deliver on Jobs, Poverty and the Environment

by Kathleen McCook on Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 07:34 am

UN Rio+20 Summit Must Deliver on Jobs, Poverty and the
Environment.

International Trade Union Confederation

UN Rio+20 Summit Must Deliver on Jobs, Poverty and the
Environment

ITUC OnLine
October 28, 2011

http://www.ituc-csi.org/rio-20-trade-unions-submit-their.html

Brussels/New York

UN Rio+20 Summit Must Deliver on Jobs, Poverty and the
Environment.

International Trade Union Confederation

UN Rio+20 Summit Must Deliver on Jobs, Poverty and the
Environment

ITUC OnLine
October 28, 2011

http://www.ituc-csi.org/rio-20-trade-unions-submit-their.html

Brussels/New York

With precarious jobs, unemployment and inequalities
rising around the world, the international labour
movement today formally tabled its proposals http://www.ituc-csi.org/rio-20-trade-unions-submit-their.html>
to the secretariat of the  sustainable
development summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2012.

"Governments must realise that unless there is a
drastic change in the way the world is governed, there
is no chance that social equity or environmental
protection will be achieved," said ITUC General
Secretary Sharan Burrow. "The trade union movement is
ready to mobilise for a real transformation of
production systems, for them to deliver decent work and
prosperity while protecting natural resources for
future generations".

At the heart of trade union demands are the need for
investment in social protection systems and in green
and decent jobs. Also stressed is the need for
governments to ensure that key principles such as
equity between and within countries, Just Transition,
gender equality and a dramatic reduction in financial
speculation, form the basis of any discussion on the
Green Economy.

"We are concerned at indications that little progress
will be made on climate change at the Durban Conference
Durban this December.  We are determined to push the
multilateral system to protect people and the planet,
and to recognise that trade unions are fundamental to
this.

The trade union demands for Rio+20 are based on the
notion that each measure and decision at Rio+20 must
deliver across all the three dimensions of
sustainability, as spelt out in a preparatory meeting
trade unions held in Madrid, Spainhttp://www.sustainlabour.org/documentos/The%20Madrid%20Dialogue1.pdf>.
The 'Madrid Dialogue' delivered a first
outline of unions priorities for Rio+20 through a
debate with members of the UN Panel on Sustainability
and representatives from civil society.

"The report of the Madrid Dialogue shows the strong
consensus around decent and green jobs, the social
protection floor and the need for fair and
environmentally-sound taxation policies," said Burrow.
"This dialogue gave us real impetus to push for these
proposals in the Rio+20 context."

The ITUC represents 175 million workers in 308
affiliated national organisations from 153 countries
and territories.

Website: http://www.ituc-csi.org and
http://www.youtube.com/ITUCCSI

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Discussion Ben Johnson, Vermont Librarian, Elected Head of United Professions of Vermont

by Kathleen McCook on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 08:37 pm

Ben Johnson at Vermont Technical College has  been elected to a top state labor leadership post. Johnson is a
member of the Vermont State College Faculty Federation and head of United Professions AFT of Vermont.
The AFL-CIO says Johnson is now the labor umbrella group's youngest state president.

Discussion Ohioans Working to Override Anti-Labor Legislation

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 07:40 pm

From The Nation.
Opponents of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s push to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights—as part of a national push by newly-elected Republican governors to silence opposition to their cuts in funding for public education and services — needed to collect 231,000 valid signatures to force a referendum that would override anti-labor legislation enacted by Kasich and his allies.

From The Nation.
Opponents of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s push to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights—as part of a national push by newly-elected Republican governors to silence opposition to their cuts in funding for public education and services — needed to collect 231,000 valid signatures to force a referendum that would override anti-labor legislation enacted by Kasich and his allies.
That was a tall order. But the labor and community groups that have come together to defend public employees, teachers, schools and services have exceeded it —by more than one million signatures.

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Discussion New Left printing renaissance of the 1960s – and beyond

by Kathleen McCook on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 08:17 am

Red in black and white:
The New Left printing renaissance of the 1960s – and beyond
[1]

Essay by Lincoln Cushing in Peace Press Graphics 1967-1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change
Catalog for 2011 exhibition at the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach

Red in black and white:
The New Left printing renaissance of the 1960s – and beyond
[1]

Essay by Lincoln Cushing in Peace Press Graphics 1967-1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change
Catalog for 2011 exhibition at the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach
      Exhibition curated by Ilee Kaplan and Carol A. Wells, Center for the Study of Political Graphics

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Discussion Librarians part of faculty strike at LIU-Brooklyn

by Emily Drabinski on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 06:05 pm

Faculty librarians at Long Island University, Brooklyn, are on strike with the rest of LIUFF. We voted to strike on Tuesday, September 7. The central issues: No raise to base salary for five contract years. Zero percent raise for the first two years with small percentage lump sum raises in the remaining three year, and the linking of faculty salary increases to student tuition revenues--a sinister move that turns faculty members into credit peddlers. Administration is playing hardball--they cancelled our health insurance as of midnight on the first day of the strike. 

Faculty librarians at Long Island University, Brooklyn, are on strike with the rest of LIUFF. We voted to strike on Tuesday, September 7. The central issues: No raise to base salary for five contract years. Zero percent raise for the first two years with small percentage lump sum raises in the remaining three year, and the linking of faculty salary increases to student tuition revenues--a sinister move that turns faculty members into credit peddlers. Administration is playing hardball--they cancelled our health insurance as of midnight on the first day of the strike. 

Library faculty issues have already been settled, at a great rollback of our research-release time. While we'll now be working up to five additional weeks for the same pay, we managed to negotiate to save release time for faculty librarians during the academic year. 

Follow along with negotiations at http://liuff.org, and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Long-Island-University-Faculty-Federation.... I've also compiled addresses of administrators if folks want to send letters of support on behalf of the faculty: https://www.facebook.com/notes/emily-drabinski/wondering-how-you-can-sup...

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Discussion Librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario are on strike

by Kathleen McCook on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 06:54 am

A group of librarians and archivists picket outside the University of Western Ontario gates on Richmond forcing LTC buses to drop Western students off near the University of Western Ontario on Thursday September 8, 2011. Traffic was allowed to flow but the striking workers held up traffic entering the university during the walk signal impeding southbound entry into the university. (MIKE HENSEN/THE LONDON FREE PRESS/QMI AGENCY)

A group of librarians and archivists picket outside the University of Western Ontario gates on Richmond forcing LTC buses to drop Western students off near the University of Western Ontario on Thursday September 8, 2011. Traffic was allowed to flow but the striking workers held up traffic entering the university during the walk signal impeding southbound entry into the university. (MIKE HENSEN/THE LONDON FREE PRESS/QMI AGENCY)

Librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario are on strike Thursday morning [September 8, 2011).

Talks between the workers, represented by the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association, and the university broke down Wednesday.

"The two sides remain divided, primarily over monetary issues, although the university has offered to establish a pay equity process," UWO said in a release Wednesday.

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Discussion Happy Labor Day

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 07:56 am

Happy Labor Day.

Librarians everywhere are union members and protectors of labor history.

 

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Happy Labor Day.

Librarians everywhere are union members and protectors of labor history.

 

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New York City Labor History Map
Welcome to the New York City Labor History Map, a joint project between the New York Labor History Association and the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives.  This web-based map builds on previous research published by the New York Labor History Association and enables users to explore, by location or date, key events in the city's labor history. It documents the history of working men and women in New York City and their struggle to gain concessions such as the eight-hour work day, better pay, improved working conditions, decent and affordable housing, collective bargaining rights, healthcare and pension plans.  It also documents important aspects of the city's political and social history, its major protagonists and their contributions to the lives of ordinary people.  The site features images and audio to enliven this facet of New York City history. Unless otherwise noted the photographs, papers and oral histories hightlighted here originate from the collections of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives.

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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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