Monday, March 19, 2018

UC-AFT, a union representing lecturers and librarians on the UC Davis campus, held a rally on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

UC-AFT, a union representing lecturers and librarians on the UC Davis campus, held a rally on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Tabling in front of the Silo and Sproul Hall, union members were eager to talk to passersby about their concern regarding the Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME. In this case, Illinois public employee Mark Janus is arguing that his requirement to pay fair share fees to his union —  although he is not a member — is a violation of his free speech. Fair share fees are dues that workers who are not members of a union pay to the union that represents them. Arguments for this case were heard by the Supreme Court the Monday before the rally took place.
“This rally is called WeRise and what we’re doing is getting all of our union members together and aware of this Supreme Court case that is happening right now, which is called Janus v. AFSCME, which basically is being viewed as sort of an attack on all public unions around the country,” said Katie Rodger, a lecturer in the University Writing Program. “All of us could be affected by this Supreme Court case. Today is an information campaign and also a launch of what we are calling a recommitment effort, where we are going to ask our existing members to recommit to staying strong and part of our union.”

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Graduate Employees Organization-U. of Illinois-Strike 2-26-2018

University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign-
Teaching assistants and graduate assistants with the Graduate Employees Organization plan to begin a work stoppage on Feb 26 unless they reach an agreement with the administration. They have worked without a contract for over 190 days, seeking terms that include guaranteed raises, better healthcare coverage, reduced academic fees and contractual protections that would continue to guarantee their full tuition waivers.
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Grosse Pointe Librarians Ratify New Contract

After hammering out a few details after the library board meeting on Feb. 5, the board and Grosse Pointe's librarians and support staff ratified a new contract. Library union president John Clexton says more negotiations are in store. "The contract is good until December 31, 2018. Although short, we hope to begin soon to work on working on negotiations for when that expires," he said.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Florida Union Busting Bill

This bill will affect public schools librarians & university librarians.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran has raised the stakes again. Find out why by watching this week's legislative update.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Chicago Teachers Union and Charter School Teachers Have Joined Forces

On Monday, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) announced that its members had voted in favor of amalgamating with the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff (ChiACTS), which, since 2009, has organized about 1,000 educators at over 30 charter school campuses.
While cooperation between unionized educators at charters and district schools in the United States is common, this is the first known case in which teachers from both types of schools have merged into a single union local.
The move was approved by 70 percent of voting members, according to the CTU. In a similar vote last June, 84 percent of ChiACTS members endorsed the merger.
“These results are the outcome of a lengthy dialogue among members,” CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said in a statement. “We’ve declared that we’re stronger together in one big union. We’ve embraced our common struggle to support our workers, our students, their parents and our neighborhoods.”
“Educators in district and charter school share the same challenges and the same commitment to our students and the public good,” said ChiACTS President Chris Baehrend. “Together we can more effectively fight for more fair, more equitable funding for our students and their needs, especially for our underserved Black and Brown students and their families.”

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Library union questions $200K admin office reno as possible branch relocation looms

The Saskatoon Public Library may be moving its Frances Morrison central branch to a new location. So why were behind-the-scenes workers' offices recently renovated?
That's what the union representing library workers wants to know.

Library union questions $200K admin office reno as possible branch relocation looms

Monday, December 18, 2017

Drabinski, Emily (2017) "An Organizer's Tale:

Drabinski, Emily (2017) "An Organizer's Tale: LIU Brooklyn's Lockout and Union Contract Negotiation," The Political Librarian: Vol. 3 : Iss. 1 , Article 6. 
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Here’s what I learned from this experience, our one big success—we are the only unit on campus with a negotiated contract. Our big failure—the livelihood of much of our casual labor force has been devastated. Management is highly organized. They were single-minded in their efforts to control us. They have more money than us and more power than us, but we outnumber them. In order to push against forces that have more power than us, we have to organize each other. We have to all be together, working consistently in a forward direction over time. We were not organized enough to force management to offer us a contract without concessions. We cannot let that happen again. When we look at the world as it is right now, there is so much we cannot let happen ever again. We all have so much to stand against, to fight for, to resist, and to organize to change for good.