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Discussion Bloodletting continues. Scores of California media specialists received preliminary pink slips

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 07:17 am

California Hands Out Scores of Pink Slips to School Librarians

California Hands Out Scores of Pink Slips to School Librarians

"Hundreds of school librarians and thousands of classroom teachers [received] pink slips." says Jackie Siminitus, vice president of the California School Library Association (CSLA), who adds that a lot of districts were already cut to the bone. Although the past two decades have seen deep drops in the state's library materials budgets, Siminitus says cuts to personnel have been especially severe over the last two years. "A lot of our teacher-librarian members are disheartened," she says, explaining why CSLA membership has declined, and it's been hard to get the precise number of layoff notices.

read more by Debra Lau Whelan March 15, 2011

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Discussion Michael Gorman's Lyrics for Wisconsin Librarians in Tractorcade March

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 09:15 pm

In a show of support to the librarians' march (3.12. 2011), as well as in tribute to the Wisconsin labor rights struggle in general, American Library Association past president Michael Gorman drafted new lyrics  for "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night," entitled "Scott Walker's Nightmare."

From Eau Claire down to Fond du Lac

In every working hall

Where unionists defend their rights

It's there you'll find us all,

In a show of support to the librarians' march (3.12. 2011), as well as in tribute to the Wisconsin labor rights struggle in general, American Library Association past president Michael Gorman drafted new lyrics  for "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night," entitled "Scott Walker's Nightmare."

From Eau Claire down to Fond du Lac

In every working hall

Where unionists defend their rights

It's there you'll find us all,

 See  Sharon McQueen, "Wisconsin Librarians' March Merges with Tractorcade" in Library Journal.

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Discussion ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) commends Wisconsin LIS Actions

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 02:23 pm

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) commends the action taken by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Faculty Senate, and others who have shown public support of those standing up for workers' rights. We applaud the support shown for our colleagues in Wisconsin as they seek to protect the right to collective bargaining.

Tuesday, March 10, 2011

ALISE Board of Directors

Discussion Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) Stands in Solidarity with Public Employees

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 05:12 am

Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) Stands in Solidarity with Public Employees

February 27, 2011

The Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) stands in solidarity with public employees in Wisconsin and in all other states across the nation where workers’ rights to collective bargaining are under attack by governors and legislatures determined to use budgetary exigencies as a pretext to try to decisively break the back of the public-sector unions as a key part of an ideological agenda which seeks to fundamentally remake America, taking the country back to a pre-New Deal, pre-Progressive era regime of unfettered, rapacious corporate rule.

The attack on the public employees unions is only part of a broader assault on all aspects of democratic society aimed to turn the clock back on issues like women’s rights, civil rights, education and culture, environmental protection, social welfare and insurance, and the very existence of a public sector. Preventing this overturning of all the gains made through struggle and sacrifice in the previous century will require above all, the mobilization of a broad people’s movement of a kind heralded by the sustained demonstration in Madison and spreading across the country as people begin to awaken to what is at stake.Progressive Librarians Guild

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Discussion LSU Organizing Union; Librarian Co-Chairs Membership

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 07:04 am

 


LSU Union Organizing

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
The University's fledgling faculty union is rushing to gain members as outside political pressures add urgency to the group's formation.

 


LSU Union Organizing

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
The University's fledgling faculty union is rushing to gain members as outside political pressures add urgency to the group's formation.

"Recruiting is our No. 1 priority right now," said Michael Russo, associate librarian and co-chair of the union's membership committee.

Russo said the goal was to get every faculty member involved.

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Discussion Wisconsin-General Strike?

by Kathleen McCook on Sun, Mar 13, 2011 at 08:02 am

Ten days after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposed severely crippling public employee unions and virtually eliminating collective bargaining, the state’s South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) voted to support a general strike if the legislation was passed and signed....

Ten days after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposed severely crippling public employee unions and virtually eliminating collective bargaining, the state’s South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) voted to support a general strike if the legislation was passed and signed....

Union members are planning to wear symbols of solidarity at work on specific days—green for AFSCME (state, county and municipal union) state workers one day, red for all Milwaukee public employees another.

Read more at In These Times.

 

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Discussion Grossmont Union High School District targets Librarians for Lay-off (San Diego County, CA)

by Kathleen McCook on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 09:22 pm

The Grossmont Union High School District’s budget woes took a human toll Thursday as more than 60 certificated employees—including all nine district librarians—were targeted to receive layoff notices....Fran Zumwalt, president of the Grossmont Education Association, who spoke against layoffs, said 90 certificated employees, about 10 percent of district teachers, would receive warnings that they could lose their jobs after the end of the school year in June....

The Grossmont Union High School District’s budget woes took a human toll Thursday as more than 60 certificated employees—including all nine district librarians—were targeted to receive layoff notices....Fran Zumwalt, president of the Grossmont Education Association, who spoke against layoffs, said 90 certificated employees, about 10 percent of district teachers, would receive warnings that they could lose their jobs after the end of the school year in June....

Librarians and supporters, dressed in red shirts, spoke out against layoffs and highlighted their contributions to student learning.

Carolyn Teschler, a librarian at Santana High School in Santee, said librarians are knowledgeable about various subjects and research technologies and work with thousands of students every week.

“This is horrible,” she said. “This isn’t just people. It’s a program. It affects every kid in our campuses.”

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Discussion Staff Cuts at Wayne Public Library (NJ)

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 08:36 pm

Wayne Publc Library, NJ.

Township library trustees settled on a major cost-cutting initiative that eliminates six top-level staff positions and replaces them with one assistant director.

Discussion Madison Rally: Librarian View

by Sharon McQueen on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 05:41 am

Fox has been trying hard to paint those of us who rally at Wisconsin's State Capitol as "thugs" and "slobs" -- attempting to scare people into thinking we're about to riot. My husband, Richard Wambold (Bookmobile Librarian with Dane County Library Service) has been at the Capitol nearly every day these past 2 weeks and he has walked all around, and inside, the Capitol each day. He says that the protesters are passionate, but the mood is peaceful and upbeat, often festive. And that's what I've seen as well.

Fox has been trying hard to paint those of us who rally at Wisconsin's State Capitol as "thugs" and "slobs" -- attempting to scare people into thinking we're about to riot. My husband, Richard Wambold (Bookmobile Librarian with Dane County Library Service) has been at the Capitol nearly every day these past 2 weeks and he has walked all around, and inside, the Capitol each day. He says that the protesters are passionate, but the mood is peaceful and upbeat, often festive. And that's what I've seen as well. I personally spoke with Madison Police Department spokesman, Joel DeSpain, who told me that the protest has been "very, very peaceful. We've been very pleased with the behavior of everyone involved."

UNBELIEVABLY, Bill O’Rielly talks about the rally while showing a rowdy disturbance clip. But look closely and you'll see palm trees in the background. PALM TREES! In Wisconsin. In winter. Really O’Rielly?!

His "correspondent" says, "I talked to someone from California." Um, yeah dude. Maybe because you were IN California at the time!

Take a look:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RClJ6vK9x_4

Sharon McQueen

Also,
Why Sheriff Mahoney refuses to serve as Walker's ‘palace guard'
http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/column/john_nichols/article_3cbcbf20-44f6-11e0-affa-001cc4c03286.html

And,
Rookie Wisconsin governor takes a radical right turn
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/947005--rookie-wisconsin-governor-takes-a-radical-right-turn

And,
Teachers Wonder, Why the Scorn?
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/education/03teacher.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

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Discussion Library Journal Covers Ohio Librarians Rally

by Sharon McQueen on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 05:40 am

Ohio Librarians Rally Against Bill Targeting Collective Bargaining

http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/889564-264/ohio_librarians_rally_against_bill.html.csp

 

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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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