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Discussion Wichita Teachers Union: Plan to Replace High School Librarians will Shortchange Students.

by Kathleen McCook on Sat, May 21, 2011 at 07:42 am

 


Wichita Teachers Union: Plan to Replace High School Librarians will Shortchange Students.

Wichita teachers union say a plan to replace high school librarians with unlicensed clerks will shortchange students.

 


Wichita Teachers Union: Plan to Replace High School Librarians will Shortchange Students.

Wichita teachers union say a plan to replace high school librarians with unlicensed clerks will shortchange students.

The library jobs are among 278 positions being eliminated as the Wichita district grapples with a $30 million budget shortfall. Allison said he consulted with building principals and others to determine cuts that would have the least impact on classrooms.

"This particular cut affects all high school students — all of them, not just some," said Larry Smith, a history teacher at East High School and a member of the United Teachers of Wichita representative assembly.

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Discussion Union Concerned about Wasteful Spending at Detroit Public Library

by Kathleen McCook on Sun, May 8, 2011 at 04:53 pm

 


Nepotism Questioned at Detroit Public Library

1 in 6 staffers have relatives who work in strapped department

 


Nepotism Questioned at Detroit Public Library

1 in 6 staffers have relatives who work in strapped department

The union is concerned in general about wasteful library spending.The library system laid off 83 employees in March, and commissioners have considered closing some of the branches for 30 to 60 days to avoid permanent closures.

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Discussion Portside Supports Electronic Picketline Against Huffington Post

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 08:23 pm
Portside Supports Electronic Picketline Against Huffington
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1. Portside Letter to Ariana Huffington - "Fair play and
   fair pay for freelance workers"
2. What You Can Do to Support the Electronic Picketline
   (Suggestions from the Portside moderators)
3. Guild tells HuffPost writers: 'Don't work for free'
Portside Supports Electronic Picketline Against Huffington
Post


1. Portside Letter to Ariana Huffington - "Fair play and
   fair pay for freelance workers"
2. What You Can Do to Support the Electronic Picketline
   (Suggestions from the Portside moderators)
3. Guild tells HuffPost writers: 'Don't work for free'

Arianna Huffington: Slave Owner or Crowdsourcing Pioneer?

A blogger's class-action lawsuit against The Huffington Post claims the

 site is guilty of "unjust enrichment" for profiting from the labor of others


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Discussion Port Washington Board of Education (NY) cuts two and a half librarian positions district-wide.

by Kathleen McCook on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 07:24 am

Board Member Sandra Ehrlich spoke as a parent of three kids who have been through the school district, she said that losing librarians would be the most painful budget cut. As she has explained at previous board meeting, Ehrlich noted that once the school district loses items from the budget, it is very hard to restore them. Consequently, she asked the board to consider adding the librarians back to the budget.

Board Member Sandra Ehrlich spoke as a parent of three kids who have been through the school district, she said that losing librarians would be the most painful budget cut. As she has explained at previous board meeting, Ehrlich noted that once the school district loses items from the budget, it is very hard to restore them. Consequently, she asked the board to consider adding the librarians back to the budget.

But, Port Washington Board of Education  cut two and a half librarian positions district-wide.

 

 

 

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Discussion When libraries and community centers are closed, residents should be outraged.

by Kathleen McCook on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 06:54 am

Collective Bargaining -- Essential to Democracy
by Bruce T. Boccardy

Recent events in Wisconsin have highlighted the necessity of collective bargaining.  The governor of Wisconsin notwithstanding, collective bargaining is recognized internationally in numerous conventions, constitutions, and courts as a human right.

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Discussion Ohio Law is Attack on the American Dream

by Kathleen McCook on Sun, Apr 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

Ohio Law is Attack on the American Dream


April 10, 2011.
Opponents of new union law rally in Ohio's capital

Ohio Law is Attack on the American Dream


April 10, 2011.
Opponents of new union law rally in Ohio's capital
Melissa Cropper, a librarian for Georgetown schools in southwestern Ohio, said killing the law "is about saving the middle class and protecting the rights of workers. Corporations are getting all the breaks, and they're trying to balance the budget on the backs of the workers.
Thousands of people seeking to repeal Ohio's new collective bargaining law rallied Saturday at the Statehouse, vowing to get a referendum on the next ballot and promising to remember the political fight over the measure when they choose which candidates to support in future elections.
Preachers and public workers took turns at the microphone on a stage in front of the Statehouse steps, depicting the bill signed recently by first-term Republican Gov. John Kasich as an attack on unions and the American dream.

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Discussion Attacks on Public Sector Unions-Now’s the Time: Organizing in the Face of the Class War

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 07:42 am

Despite inspiring and massive rallies and protest campaigns, the two most visible attacks on America’s working class – the anti-union bills in Wisconsin and Ohio – have both been signed into law.  While the attack on public sector unions is, in itself, just the latest salvo in an ongoing class war, its effects will go far beyond the workers directly involved.  These bills will lead to restructuring of a variety of public services, from education and home health care to government offices and police stations.  Read more at

Despite inspiring and massive rallies and protest campaigns, the two most visible attacks on America’s working class – the anti-union bills in Wisconsin and Ohio – have both been signed into law.  While the attack on public sector unions is, in itself, just the latest salvo in an ongoing class war, its effects will go far beyond the workers directly involved.  These bills will lead to restructuring of a variety of public services, from education and home health care to government offices and police stations.  Read more at Working Class Perspectives.

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Discussion Canadian Solidarity with U.S. Public Sector Unions

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 03:55 pm

 


CUPE BC and the AFL-CIO Support of WisconsinLlabour Unions.

On Saturday, April 2, CUPE BC joined with other BC unions and the AFL-CIO to stage a rally in support of Wisconsin labour unions.
Read all about it here.

 


CUPE BC and the AFL-CIO Support of WisconsinLlabour Unions.

On Saturday, April 2, CUPE BC joined with other BC unions and the AFL-CIO to stage a rally in support of Wisconsin labour unions.
Read all about it here.

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Discussion "Collective Effort: The American Union and the American Public Library"-Latham & Ditzler

by Kathleen McCook on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 01:15 pm

"Collective Effort: The American Union and the American Public Library"
Joyce M. Latham and Wyatt E. Ditzler

Library Trends 59, no. 1/2 (Summer/Fall 2010): 237-55.

Abstract

"Collective Effort: The American Union and the American Public Library"
Joyce M. Latham and Wyatt E. Ditzler

Library Trends 59, no. 1/2 (Summer/Fall 2010): 237-55.

Abstract

Unions are a significant element in the library work place, yet there is little discussion of their significance or impact. This article investigates the structures of the unions within the public library in the United States, highlighting the complexity of composition, variance of relationships to library administration, and the simplicity of mission of the union leadership. Results of a brief survey enabled researchers to engage four union officers on areas of significance to them. While concerns over salaries and funding continuity generate concern, discussion also engaged on the perceived value of the professional librarian within public libraries.

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Discussion Florida-Organize or Die!

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 06:37 am

“It’s a race against time,” said Tom Auxter, a professor of philosophy at the University of Florida and president of United Faculty of Florida, which represents faculty members [and librarians] at 22 public campuses and is affiliated with the Florida Education Association, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and the AFL-CIO. If passed, the three bills would go into effect July 1.

“We’re firing up all the engines to get people signed up,” he said. “The lesson for unions is organize or die.”

“It’s a race against time,” said Tom Auxter, a professor of philosophy at the University of Florida and president of United Faculty of Florida, which represents faculty members [and librarians] at 22 public campuses and is affiliated with the Florida Education Association, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and the AFL-CIO. If passed, the three bills would go into effect July 1.

“We’re firing up all the engines to get people signed up,” he said. “The lesson for unions is organize or die.”

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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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