Wednesday, August 10, 2016

AFSCME offers new member benefit -- free college degree

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, a union that represents many library workers and librarians (mostly at public libraries) has just announced a joint venture with Eastern Gateway Community College for AFSCME members to earn an Associate Degree online...for FREE!



Sunday, July 31, 2016

Introducing Interim Blog Editor

Elaine Harger will be taking over the editing duties of Union Library Workers until a new editor is found. Elaine has been with PLG since the very beginning and has graciously volunteered to contribute to the blog in addition to her already considerable contributions to PLG's editorial board and co-ordinating committee.

PLG is still looking for a new editor for this blog. If interested in volunteering or in learning more, please contact either interim editor Elaine and/or former editor Sarah Barriage. More information can be found on PLG's website.

As always, if you have relevant union news you would like to share, please be in touch with the editor.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tentative Agreement Reached for Mississauga Library Workers

A tentative agreement has been reached between CUPE Local 1989, the union representing library workers in Mississauga, and the city. Details of the agreement won't be available until it is ratified. The workers have been on strike since July 4.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Looking for New Blog Editor

PLG is looking for a new editor for the Union Library Workers blog. If you are interested in contributing to this record of union activity in the information sector, please contact Sarah Barriage.

Union Library Workers blog was established in 2002 by Kathleen de la Pena McCook. Past contributors include Braden Cannon and Joanna Kerr. The posts on this blog inform the annual reviews of union activity published in the Progressive Librarian journal.

More details on the PLG website.

Friday, July 8, 2016

CUPE Shows Support for Striking Library Workers in Ontario

Striking library workers in Ontario received support from the provincial and national levels of the Canadian Union of Public Employees this week. CUPE officials attended a rally in support of workers at the Essex County Library system, who are members of CUPE Local 2974, as well as a solidarity barbecue for workers at Mississauga Library System, members of CUPE Local 1989. The president of CUPE Local 1989 said: 
"Knowing we have such tremendous support from our community allies and from CUPE Ontario and CUPE National is nothing short of amazing for us."
Essex library workers have been on strike since June 25. Workers from Mississauga began striking on July 4.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Plymouth Library Workers Protest Glass Ceiling

Library workers at Plymouth Public Library have been handing out pamphlets and wearing buttons that read "End the Glass Ceiling: Library Staff are Town Employees Too". The pamphlets additionally state the following:
“As a predominantly female group, we believe we are being discriminated against on the basis of gender through the town’s refusal to provide wages and benefits that are provided by it to predominantly male and mixed gender employee groups.”
The union has pointed out that positions at the library that require a university education pay less than positions elsewhere with the city that require a high school diploma only. Contract negotiations between the union and city administration are ongoing.