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Discussion U of C-Student Library Employees Union & Teamsters Local 743

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 03:06 pm

University of Chicago Libraries- Student Library Employees Union, worked with Teamsters Local 743.

 

A coalition of University of Chicago student library workers filed a petition yesterday to become one of the nation’s first primarily undergraduate student unions at a private university. The group of student employees, calling themselves the Student Library Employees Union, worked with Teamsters Local 743, a local labor union, to file the petition with the National Labor Relations Board this past Sunday.

The petition calls for an election to determine whether student library employees will unionize and gain the legal right to negotiate with the University on issues such as employee wages, hours, and third-party legal representation in cases of Title IX, ADA and labor violations. Only as unionized workers will students be able to protect their rights as well as fully engage in the academic mission of the University of Chicago.

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Discussion Camden County, NJ library workers lowest paid in state

by Kathleen McCook on Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 02:05 pm

In long Camden County library contract dispute, hint of a breakthrough

 
Camden County, NJ  Library System librarians and librarian assistants are seeking a new contract and higher wages.
 
 
 

In long Camden County library contract dispute, hint of a breakthrough

 
Camden County, NJ  Library System librarians and librarian assistants are seeking a new contract and higher wages.
 
 
 
Librarians' assistants in the county, who are represented by Communications Workers of America Local 1014, earn the lowest starting salaries in the state.
 
Librarians are the lowest paid in the state. The librarians, almost all of whom are women, are represented by AFSCME Local 1454

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Discussion Stop the war on students-LIU

by Kathleen McCook on Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 07:20 am

Randi Weingarten with protestors

 

Despite soggy weather, hundreds of faculty, staff, students and community members gathered April 6 to say "no more" to the destructive actions of Long Island University administrators. They rallied to insist that the university community be included in crucial policymaking in the future and that the administration sign fair contracts with all LIU unions before commencement May 11. -

Randi Weingarten with protestors

 

Despite soggy weather, hundreds of faculty, staff, students and community members gathered April 6 to say "no more" to the destructive actions of Long Island University administrators. They rallied to insist that the university community be included in crucial policymaking in the future and that the administration sign fair contracts with all LIU unions before commencement May 11. -

 

See more at: http://www.aft.org/news/long-island-university-unions-say-stop-war-students#sthash.tQWzLmp4.dpuf

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Discussion The East Side Freedom Library (link is external) has been selected as the 2017 winner of the John Sessions Memorial Award.

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 09:42 pm

ST. PAUL. 

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ST. PAUL. 

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The East Side Freedom Library(link is external) has been selected as the 2017 winner of the John Sessions Memorial Award.

The award, sponsored by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO(link is external), recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contributions of the labor movement to the development of the United States.

The mission of the East Side Freedom Library is “to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice, and work toward equity for all.” As an independent library located in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul, Minn., the ESFL has successfully built relationships with organized labor and community groups that facilitate the empowerment, learning, and engagement of working people.

Since the library was established in 2013, co-founders Peter Rachleff and Beth Cleary have secured a permanent home in a former Carnegie Library, built a collection of 15,000 items, and hosted more than one hundred programs and 6,000 visitors.

Multiple letters from local and regional labor unions glowingly attest to the Library’s leadership in raising awareness of the centrality of workers, immigrants, and the labor movement to the past, present and future of the East Side, Twin Cities, and Minnesota, as well as being a “valuable resource and reliable ally,” “a place where diverse audiences assemble, hold conversations, and explore shared concerns,” “an important extension of the local labor movement,” and repeatedly, a “partner.”

The John Sessions Memorial Award committee includes: Aliqae Geraci (Chair), Hilary Meg Albert, and Phebe L. Dickson.

The East Side Freedom Library will be honored with a plaque at the RUSA Achievement Awards ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The ceremony will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25. All conference attendees are invited to the event. Additional event details will be available on the conference website(link is external) in April.

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Discussion IOWA-Librarians among Iowa Public Sector Employees at Risk

by Kathleen McCook on Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 09:23 am

Key Republican members of the Iowa legislature plan to file a bill on Monday February 6th that would gut collective bargaining rights for teachers, firefighters, city and school district employees, bus drivers, librarians, and other people who work in the public sector across Iowa. This would be a devastating blow to working families in this state, and its modeled after the bill passed in Wisconsin in 2011.

Key Republican members of the Iowa legislature plan to file a bill on Monday February 6th that would gut collective bargaining rights for teachers, firefighters, city and school district employees, bus drivers, librarians, and other people who work in the public sector across Iowa. This would be a devastating blow to working families in this state, and its modeled after the bill passed in Wisconsin in 2011.

http://www.blogforiowa.com/2017/02/03/stop-union-busting-rally-tuesday/

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Discussion AFL-CIO ALA

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 06:46 pm

Discussion Janet Irwin of AFSCME Local 88 turns the page on 46-year library career.

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 at 11:13 am

“I worked very hard getting library workers involved in Local 88,” said Irwin, who served as an elected vice president and secretary of Local 88, as well as a delegate to state and international AFSCME conventions. "

 
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“I worked very hard getting library workers involved in Local 88,” said Irwin, who served as an elected vice president and secretary of Local 88, as well as a delegate to state and international AFSCME conventions. "

 
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Janet Irwin retired Oct. 31 after 46 years as a librarian for Multnomah County. At the same time, she also surrendered her seat on the Executive Board of the Northwest Oregon Labor Council, where she was the second most senior member.

Read more about this intrepid union librarian at the Union Library Worker blog.

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Discussion Union Pledge

by Kathleen McCook on Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 10:44 am

 

Subject: We can never back down from our values. Pledge to tell your elected leaders that you will never stop fighting for what’s right.

 https://actionnetwork.org/forms/tell-your-elected-leaders-you-wont-stop-...

 

 

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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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