Union Library Workers Community
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.
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.
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.”
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:
Why Sheriff Mahoney refuses to serve as Walker's ‘palace guard'
Rookie Wisconsin governor takes a radical right turn
Teachers Wonder, Why the Scorn?