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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.

read more at MRzine.

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.”

More at Inside Higher Education.

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Discussion Russell Library, Middletown, Conn wins John Sessions Memorial Award

by Kathleen McCook on Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 05:10 pm

 


 


Russell Library, Middletown, Conn wins John Sessions Memorial Award

The Russell Library, Middletown, Conn., is the recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) 2011 John Sessions Memorial Award for their successful Business & Career Programs.

Through their Business and Career Programs, the Russell Library provides 10 to 12 workshops annually that aim to help individuals find jobs or change their careers. Programs include job searching, interview coaching, computer classes and stress reduction during job searching, among other topics. With this programming, the library has done significant outreach to union and community members by providing services of special interest to the labor community, as well as connecting with local organizations to publicize their services to job seekers.

The award committee selected the library as this year’s recipient for these notable efforts that are vital in today’s economic climate and for the value the programs hold for the local labor community.
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Discussion Vickery Lebbin, librarian at Hamilton Library of the University of Hawaii Promoted with Back Pay

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 06:47 pm

The University of Hawaii's Board of Regents last week granted a university librarian a promotion with back pay after an arbitrator found administrators discriminated against for her involvement with the union, a union spokesman said today.

Vickery Lebbin, a librarian at Hamilton Library, claimed that administrator Paula Mochida voted against her promotion in 2008 and wrote a letter that included "criticism of my activities on behalf of the union," according to arbitration documents.

Arbitrator Victoria Marks, a retired Circuit Court judge, determined Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw relied on "improper" letters by Mochida and others in stopping Lebbin's application from reaching the UH Board of Regents.

"As a result, the negative comments about Lebbin are grounded in anti-union sentiment. Thus, union activity was a motivating factor in denying Lebbin's promotion," Marks wrote.

Marks said Lebbin was the only person out of 114 applicants who did not receive a promotion in 2008.

The document said a Tenure and Promotion Review Committee voted 8-to-0 in favor of Lebbin's promotion, but Hinshaw denied it. In another case, the document said, the committee voted 2-1 for an applicant with 5 abstaining, but Hinshaw approved the promotion.

Marks ordered the recommendation letters by Mochida and Hinshaw be removed from Lebbin's dossier, and the dossier be forwarded to the UH Board of Regents for consideration. 

A spokesman for the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly said the Board of Regents gave Lebbin her promotion last week.

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Discussion US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis What Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Means for Workers Now-worth reading

by Karen Weaver on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 11:20 am

"What the Triangle Shirtwaist fire means for workers now"

Please read this recent Washington Post article by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

March 18, 2011 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-the-triangle-shirtwaist-fire-means-for-workers-now/2011/03/15/ABVAFIs_story.html

By Hilda L. Solis,  iday, March 18, 8:35 pm

Excerpts:

"What the Triangle Shirtwaist fire means for workers now"

Please read this recent Washington Post article by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

March 18, 2011 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-the-triangle-shirtwaist-fire-means-for-workers-now/2011/03/15/ABVAFIs_story.html

By Hilda L. Solis,  iday, March 18, 8:35 pm

Excerpts:

..."In less than 20 minutes, 146 people, mostly Italian and Jewish immigrant women and girls, were dead. The last six victims were officially identified just a few weeks ago. Triangle outraged the public and offered a grisly example of how powerless workers were without collective bargaining, because unionized garment workers received better pay and had safer conditions. And it galvanized Frances Perkins."

"Twenty-two years later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed her secretary of labor, the first woman to serve as a Cabinet secretary. During her 12-year tenure, she directed the formulation and implementation of the Social Security Act, one of the most important pieces of social legislation in our history. Among other extraordinary accomplishments, she helped create unemployment insurance, the minimum wage, and the legislation that guarantees the right of workers to organize and bargain collectively. She also established the department’s Labor Standards Bureau, a precursor to what is now the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Perkins clearly had the Triangle victims in mind as she weaved the nation’s social safety net."...   Please read this article from the Washington Post by Hilda L. Solis, US Secretary of Labor

..."History is an extraordinary thing. You can choose to learn from it, or you can choose to repeat it."

"For me, the choice is clear, as it was for Frances Perkins. We must always be a nation that catches workers before they fall." ...

talktosolis@dol.gov

Excerpts from the article by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis     /--Karen Weaver

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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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