Friday, July 11, 2014

Strike at Allahabad University

Library staff are among the employees at Allahabad University who have gone on strike, resulting in cancelled classes and closure of the Central Library.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Massive Strike in United Kingdom

More than one million public sector workers across the UK are on strike today in protest of a number of issues including workplace safety, heavy workload, and wages. Librarians, teachers, and firefighters are among those who have walked off the job in response to austerity measures. The massive strike has been coordinated among a number of unions, including UNISON, Unite, Public and Commercial Services Union, National Union of Teachers, the Fire Brigades Union, and GMB.

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he plans to introduce new laws restricting strike action for essential service providers. Speaking about the National Union of Teachers' involvement in the strike, he said "I don’t think these strikes are right... I think people should turn up for work."

Sunday, July 6, 2014

University of Windsor Administration Issues 'Inflammatory Letter'

The administration and faculty association at the University of Windsor have been undergoing contract negotiations since May. This week, members of the Windsor University Faculty Association received a letter from university president Alan Wildeman stating that if a collective agreement is not reached by July 7th, the university will no longer make contributions to pension plans and health insurance premiums, will no longer collect and forward on union dues, will no longer reimburse professional expenses, and will suspend the grievance and arbitration provisions that are laid out in the current collective agreement.

According to the Windsor University Faculty Association president, "These are very aggressive tactics. As far as I know it is unprecedented. It’s extraordinary." The Canadian Association of University Teachers has condemned the university administration, stating “This is an unprecedented and shameful action by the administration.”

The letter from the university president can be viewed here.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Nearly Half of Library Jobs to be Cut at La Trobe University

Library staffing levels will be cut almost in half if proposed redundancies are implemented at the Bendigo campus of  La Trobe University in Australia. According to a spokesman from the National Tertiary Education Union, 9 of 20 library staff positions are among the university-wide proposed cuts.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Labor Programming at ALA Annual

At this year's upcoming ALA Annual Conference, two sessions have been scheduled related to labor and employment. 

Sunday June 29th3-4pm in LVCC N263
Join ALA-APA for an interactive introduction to the principles of salary negotiation during the hiring or promotion process. In this session, panelists will provide an overview of salary and non-salary compensation issues to consider before you accept an offer, discuss common barriers to success, and offer concrete advice to both entry-level and established library staff looking to improve their negotiating skills. You will leave the session excited and empowered with tools you need to make your next offer your best offer! Featuring Maureen Sullivan (Maureen Sullivan Associates), Dale McNeill (San Antonio Public Library), Leo Agnew (U. of Iowa Libraries), and Kathryn Kjaer (U. of California Irvine Libraries.) Sponsored by the ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Salaries & Status of Library Workers

Monday June 30th10:30-11:30am in LVCC N236
The rich labor history of Las Vegas will serve as the setting to understand the impact “right-to-work” laws have on the workforce. This program will provide librarians with information they can use to help their patrons and community members understand the impact of “right-to-work” laws. This program will feature Professor James P. Kraft, author of Vegas at Odds: Labor Conflict in a Leisure Economy, 1960-1985. He will discuss the changing fortunes of organized and unorganized labor as Las Vegas evolved from a small, somewhat seedy desert oasis into the glitzy tourist destination that it is today. Danny L. Thompson, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO will shed light on how right-to-work has affected union membership in Nevada. Sponsored by the AFL-CIO-ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups, RUSA.

Friday, June 13, 2014

One-Day Strikes Planned for South Dublin Libraries

Libraries and other government offices in South Dublin County will be closed June 24 and June 26 as part of two one-day strikes by IMPACT as a result of proposed wage cuts.