Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Daily Hampshire Gazette, Valley Advocate Staff Petition To Form Labor Union

Updated at 5 p.m.
Staff at the Daily Hampshire  Gazette and Valley Advocate are taking steps to form a labor union. It'll be called the Pioneer Valley NewsGuild.

Brenda Nelson, the Gazette’s librarian.:
We want to see our beloved news organization stay strong and vibrant for years to come. 
However, a series of decisions by management, made suddenly and without consultation with workers, have raised serious doubts about whether or not this will happen. “No one is asking us our thoughts or opinions on how we operate right now.” said Brenda Nelson, the Gazette’s librarian. “This union will let us be heard at the highest levels.”

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Center for Union Facts not a friend to workers

CUF-has been a key supporter of legislation aimed at curbing the influence of unions, such as the Employee Rights Act, while also lobbying against union-backed legislation like the Employee Free Choice Act. It has placed advertisements around the US that have been critical of unions. Its representatives have appeared on major broadcast and cable channels to discuss labor issues, and have written commentaries in leading newspapers and on news and opinion websites. (Wikipedia)/

Center for Union Facts

The Center for Union Facts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that fights for transparency and accountability in America’s labor movement. For too long, big unions have opposed employee rights, engaged in self-dealing and corruption, and made excessive demands that have killed tens of thousands of jobs and driven major cities into bankruptcy.
With a record like that, it’s no surprise that union membership in the private sector has collapsed and unions’ favorability has plunged. But even as they lose members and public support, labor unions fight at every opportunity against giving their members the resources to hold leadership accountable and try to hide the truth about their multi-million-dollar political campaign operations with front groups.
We have compiled a searchable database of public information on America’s labor unions, including data on officers’ salaries, membership trends, corruption charges, and key financial data. We provide resources to workers curious about their rights when a union comes to organize their workplace or about how to get rid of a union that no longer serves their needs. We additionally keep a watchful eye on union activities, especially their political activities and efforts to suppress employee rights.


Are you against unions?
No. We are against union officials’ abuse of power at the expense of their own rank-and-file members. We are against corruption, violence, and intimidation. We are against the misuse of union dues. We support employees who elect to join a union, as well as the right of employees to remain or become non-union without intimidation.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Library Workers: Facts & Figures Fact Sheet 2018

Library Workers: Facts & Figures Fact Sheet 2018

An Overview of Library Professionals and Libraries

  • In 2017, there were 194,000 librarians, 40,000 library technicians, and 96,000 library assistants employed.[1] Generally, a “librarian” is a person who holds at least a master’s degree in library science or meets state teaching license standards for being a school librarian.[2] “Library technicians” assist librarians in the acquisition, preparation, and organization of materials “and assist users in locating the appropriate resources.”[3] “Library assistants” are similar to library technicians, but may have fewer responsibilities.
  • From 2007 through 2017, cumulative employment among librarians, library technicians, and library assistants declined from 380,000 to 330,000.
  • The mean annual earnings of librarians in 2017 were $60,760.[4]
  • The mean hourly wage of library technicians was $17.07 in 2017. [5]

Unions 101

Carrie Smith, "Unions 101" American Libraries. November/December 2018: 44-45.

If you’re covered by a collective bargaining agreement, the union is your representative in contract negotiations and employment disputes, whether you choose to be a full union member or not. A strong union will identify your shop steward—the person who can help you through disciplinary actions—and keep you updated on meetings and vote results.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Nobody should have to deal with these conditions:’ Union workers continue 2nd day of 3-day strike

The UC system’s largest employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, Local 3299, went forward with the second day of  its three-day strike for better contract terms....
AFCSME Local 3299 was joined by UPTE-CWA 9119 — the UC’s union of technical and professional employees — and University Council-American Federation of Teachers, or UC-AFT, the union for UC librarians.
According to David Eifler, a campus environmental design librarian, UC librarians are without a contract with the UC for the first time in 35 years, lifting a previous clause that barred employee strikes.
“We’re taking a sympathy strike with AFSCME because we realize how bad their conditions are, and at the same time, we’re trying to raise awareness of what librarian conditions are,” Eifler said.

Friday, October 19, 2018

"Academic Librarians and Labor Unions: Attitudes and Experiences," by Chloe Mills and Ian McCullough.

Mills, Chloe, and Ian McCullough. (2018). "Academic Librarians and Labor Unions: Attitudes and Experiences," portal: Libraries and the Academy, Vol. 18, No. 4: pp.805 - 829.

This research project investigates librarians' attitudes toward unions and collective bargaining through data collected from a nationwide survey of 359 academic librarians in the United States. We found that academic librarians have a generally positive view of unions and collective bargaining agreements, a notable result in a national political atmosphere that is demonstrably anti-union. Union membership is strongly bound to faculty status. Our research results imply that unionization and collective bargaining provide stronger job protections and higher wages than faculty status alone, and suggest that discussions of faculty status in academic libraries may not have provided the best possible way to enhance the status of our profession.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Seattle General Strike-1919

"We are undertaking the most tremendous move ever made by LABOR in this country, a move which will lead-NO ONE KNOWS WHERE!" With these words echoing throughout the city, on February 6, 1919, 65,000 Seattle workers began one of the most important general strikes in US history. For six tense yet nonviolent days, the Central Labor Council negotiated with federal and local authorities on behalf of the shipyard workers whose grievances initiated the citywide walkout. Meanwhile, strikers organized to provide essential services such as delivering supplies to hospitals and markets, as well as feeding thousands at union-run dining facilities.

Robert L. Friedheim's classic account of the dramatic events of 1919, first published in 1964 and now enhanced with a new introduction, afterword, and photo essay by James N. Gregory, vividly details what happened and why. Overturning conventional understandings of the American Federation of Labor as a conservative labor organization devoted to pure and simple unionism, Friedheim shows the influence of socialists and the IWW in the city's labor movement. While Seattle's strike ended in disappointment, it led to massive strikes across the country that determined the direction of labor, capital, and government for decades. The Seattle General Strike is an exciting portrait of a Seattle long gone and of events that shaped the city's reputation for left-leaning activism into the twenty-first century.