Sunday, November 22, 2015

New Contract for University of Illinois Library Workers

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3700, the union representing library workers and other clerical staff at the University of Illinois, has reached a tentative agreement with the university administration after sixteen months of negotiations. Details of the contract will not be made available until the contract is ratified.

New Contract for Library Workers in LA County

SEIU Local 721, Los Angeles County's largest union that represents county employees including library workers, approved a new collective agreement that includes wage increases and additional vacation time. The president of the union said:
“The men and women on the front lines of providing critical services in our communities must be able to also provide for their own families, this is why we prioritized raising the lowest paid workers to $15 and ensuring folks like our library pages had the security of a path to a permanent job."

Friday, November 20, 2015

Protests at Lambeth Libraries

Library workers in Lambeth staged a walk-out earlier this week in protest of budget cuts, including plans put forward by Lambeth Council to reduce library services at several locations to make way for fitness centers. Library staff and supporters also engaged in a protest at a council meeting on Wednesday. The reduction in library services will include a reduction in the work force.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

New Collective Agreement for Ontario School Support Staff

Library and other educational support workers in elementary schools in Ontario have reached a deal with the provincial government on a new collective agreement, ending their work-to-rule campaign. The premier of Ontario had threatened to begin docking workers' pay if they continued to engage in this campaign. The support staff are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Other school employees, including those represented by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario and support staff represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teacher's Federation, still remain without a new collective agreement.

New Contract for Librarians & Archivists at University of Western Ontario

Librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the university's administration. The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association - Librarians and Archivists had been engaged in conciliation with the university after previous negotiations had been unsuccessful. The previous collective agreement expired in June.

Monday, November 2, 2015

New Contract for Milwaukie Library Workers Includes Living Wage for All City Workers

Library and other city workers in Milwaukie, Oregon have ratified a new contract that includes wage increases and increased time off during the holidays. The previous contract expired in July. The workers are members of AFSCME City of Milwaukie Local 350-5.

Part of the contract negotiations included prompting by the union for the city to pay all of its workers a living wage. From the article:
“We’ve talked about community based bargaining for a long time to make the workplace a better place whether you’re part of the union or not,” said Milwaukie’s Reference Librarian Sarah Lander, secretary for the board that coordinates about a dozen AFSCME groups countywide. 
Mayor Mark Gamba agrees with the calculations of activists of $15 as number that would constitute a minimum hourly living wage.
“The issue was keeping us from being able to complete negotiations with the union,” Gamba said. “So (the resolution) was both an expedient way to move that issue off the table while making a statement to the state that we believe the minimum wage should be a living wage.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Strike Action in Quebec

Workers at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du QuĂ©bec are among the 37,000 public sector workers who went on strike yesterday across the province of Quebec, closing schools, health care centers, and other provincial agencies. Additional strike action is planned in November and December unless contract negotiations are successful. The workers are members of Front Commun.