Sunday, February 22, 2015

New Contract for Lincoln Township Public Library Workers

Employees at Lincoln Township Public Library have a new three-year contract that guarantees 2% wage increases each year. Library employees are represented by AFSCME Council 25.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Unionized Security Guards Replaced at Berkeley Public Library

Unionized security guards at Berkeley Public Library and other locations in the city have been replaced with non-unionized workers after First Alarm Security won a contract bid with the city. The company pays its employees lower wages and provides less benefits than the unionized company that formerly employed the security guards. It has also been accused of committing labor violations.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Phillip Levine, Labor Poet, Passed Away

Phillip Levine, Pulitzer Prize winner and former US poet laureate, passed away earlier this month. Levine often wrote about labor, including his poem What Work Is.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Report on Wages at University of California Issued

A report was recently published by Economic Policy Institute (EPI), stating that the vast majority of employees represented by the Teamsters Local 2010 union at the University of California make lower wages than that necessary to support a one-adult, one-child family. The union represents employees in clerical and allied services, and sponsored the EPI report.

Pay Equity Ruling for Ottawa Public Library

The Ottawa Public Library has been ordered to increase wages and make retroactive pay equity adjustments for its employees, represented by CUPE 503. Other employees of the City of Ottawa have been receiving higher wages than library employees after an arbitration award, and the Pay Equity Commission has ruled that library employees, members of a "female-dominated" occupation, should have received the same wages and wage increases.

The union filed the original appeal in 2008. Payments are retroactive to 2005.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Grievance Filed by Union in Morris, CT

A grievance has been filed by the union representing the employees of Morris, Connecticut after the Morris Public Library board of directors eliminated the position of library director. According to the union, the board of directors does not have the authority to eliminate a union position.

Unfortunately, this news article is behind a paywall. More information on the ongoing issues between the library director and the library board can be found on the Facebook page Concerned Citizens of Morris.

Thursday, February 5, 2015