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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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Discussion Librarians on the March-3.12. 2011.

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 07:06 am

Librarians on the March. photos from the Madison, Wisconsin March on 3/20.2011 from Nancy McClements at FAcebook. I am not sure this will work..the link from ALA Connect to FACEBOOK, but I am giving it a try as they are inspirational photos.

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.

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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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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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