Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Strike at Saskatchewan Public Schools

Library workers are among the support staff set to go on strike today at the South East Cornerstone Public School Division in southeast Saskatchewan. Support staff at the school are members of Service Employees International Union.
South East Cornerstone Public School Division
South East Cornerstone Public School Division
South East Cornerstone Public School Division

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Strike Action Continues in Bromley

Workers in Bromley, UK continue to engage in strike action in protest of budget cuts and privatization attempts by Bromley Council. Next week library workers will go on strike, with workers from other council services such as parks and transportation striking on subsequent days.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Strike at Capilano University

Librarians and other faculty at Capilano University are on strike, cancelling classes days before final exams are set to begin. The Capilano University Faculty Union and university administration have been in negotiations since February.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kitimat Public Library Workers Wont' Cross Picket Line

Kitimat Public Library was closed yesterday as library employees, members of CUPE, opted not to cross the picket line of striking Unifor workers outside the library. Unifor represents the District of Kitimat's municipal workers, who have been on strike since February.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bromley Council Strike

Employees at Bromley's public libraries are among the council workers represented by Unite engaging in strike action today and tomorrow. Bromley Council has proposed running the libraries with volunteers.

Labor History Bus Tour at ALA Annual

From Jennifer Dorning, Co-Chair, AFL-CIO/ALA Labor Committee:

A special bus tour for ALA members will trace San Francisco’s labor and African American history. The tour will explore labor sites as well as sites along San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail. The bus tour is organized by the AFL-CIO/ALA Labor Committee, a joint committee of the AFL-CIO and ALA within the Reference and User Services Association.

The roots of labor and African American history run deep in San Francisco. A. Philip Randolph touched off the modern civil rights movement from San Francisco’s Hotel Whitcomb in 1935 when he convinced the AFL-CIO to certify the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and ban segregation in the labor movement. Other historic labor events and activities include the West Coast Waterfront Strike of 1934, support for the Montgomery bus boycott, the United San Francisco Freedom Movement, anti-apartheid activities, and the church-labor coalition.

San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail tours the sites where African American pioneers locally changed the world. One of the most dominant features of Fisherman’s Wharf is the public art of Sargent Johnson, whose work adorns the front and back of the main building of the San Francisco National Maritime Historical Park as well as the stadium of George Washington High School. Among those who drew inspiration from his work were Maya Angelou and Johnny Mathis, as they matriculated there. Just up Hyde Street from the Maritime Park is the Russian Hill mansion where Langston Hughes wrote and partied with the Hollywood upper crust in 1934-35. Also near the waterfront is the apartment where Alex Haley wrote the Autobiography of Malcolm X and ROOTS.

The joint labor and African American Freedom Trail tour will be led by Oxford University Press historian and Trail curator John William Templeton. Raise your cultural awareness of our conference host city with the knowledge of where movements were born and the greats drew their inspiration.


Date: Friday, June 26, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 1, 2015
Time: 9:30am, tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Depending on demand, more times may be added.
Departs from: the passenger loading zone on the south side of Mission Street midway between 3rd and 4th Street directly behind the Moscone Convention Center.
Cost: $25

Questions? Contact AFL-CIO/ALA Labor Committee Co-Chair Jennifer Dorning at 202-638-0320 ext. 114 or

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Strike at Southern Cross University

Staff at Southern Cross University in Australia are striking today to protest stalled negotiations with the university administration. At issue are wages, workload, sick time, and job security. Staff are represented by the National Tertiary Education Union.