Saturday, November 15, 2014

Petition to Stop Closure of Imperial War Museum Library

Prospect union has launched a petition in response to the proposed closure of England's Imperial War Museum library. The Museum and its library were founded in 1917 and, according to its website, have a mandate "to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and 'wartime experience'". According to a Prospect spokesperson:
Closing IWM's library is not a fitting way to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. IWM aspires to be a highly respected authority on its subject matter, but this will be impossible without a library.
Closure of the library would result in the loss of up to 80 jobs in addition to the loss of this collection. Sign the petition here

Thursday, November 6, 2014

New Collective Agreement for Rochester Library Workers

Workers at Rochester Public Library have a new two-year collective agreement, which was approved this week by Rochester City Council. Staff at the library are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. 

Greenwich Library Dispute Settled

Greenwich Library Service staff and Greenwich Leisure Limited have come to an agreement on their on-going dispute over wages and staffing levels, avoiding further strike action. A Unite spokesman said:
Unite members in Greenwich have won an important victory in defence of libraries as a public service and by showing solidarity, they have made large gains on the staffing and pay issues. They have shown that the bosses can be taken on and be forced to back down, if you are well-organised and determined enough. I congratulate every one of our members who won this victory.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Another Strike at Greenwich Library Service

Workers at Greenwich Library Service are again engaging in strike action as part of an ongoing dispute over wages and staffing levels. Strike action was scheduled for yesterday and today; earlier in the week Unite, the union representing library staff, met with Greenwich Leisure Limited and a decision to accept or reject an offer made by the company should be made today.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Queens Library Ends Private Contract with Custodians

The Queens Borough Public Library has a new interim CEO, Bridget Quinn-Carey, who has ended the private contract implemented by former CEO Tom Galante which replaced unionized custodians. In addition, the hiring freeze has been lifted and the library system has already hired at least 19 full-time employees.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Brown University Library Staff Negotiating for New Contract

The contract for unionized Brown University library staff expired last month and negotiations with the university administration continue. Among the union's concerns is the decrease in unionized staff members, as new hires are not part of the bargaining unit. Library staff were joined by members of the Brown Student Labor Alliance last week in handing out flyers and getting signatures on a petition showing solidarity with the union members.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Walk-Out at National Library of Wales

Workers at the National Library of Wales have walked off the job for the third time in two months in response to an ongoing wage dispute. According to a union representative, employees at the lowest pay grades make less than living wage, and all employees have been without a wage increase since 2009. This week's protest involved a two and a half hour work stoppage midday as well as a rally.