Saturday, January 31, 2015

Right to Strike Upheld by Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that legislation in Saskatchewan that barred public service employees from striking is unconstitutional. The president of the Canadian Labour Congress stated:
Today's decision levels the playing field for workers by placing checks on the power of governments, as employers, to legislate unfair essential services arrangements that tip the scales in management's favour. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Strike Vote at UNBC

The University of Northern British Columbia Faculty Association voted in favor of a strike earlier this month amid ongoing negotiations with university administration. The faculty association became unionized less than a year ago.

Information Picket at Queen's University

Library workers and other support staff at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario held an information picket to bring attention to their ongoing negotiations with the university's administration. Union officials state that the university has been replacing full time jobs with part time and casual positions.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

US Annual Union Membership Survey Published

The US Department of Labor has issued its annual union membership survey. Overall union membership in the US has decreased marginally, dropping from 11.3% in 2013 to 11.1% in 2014. Workers in education, training, and library occupations continue to have the highest rate of unionization at 35.3%.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Doncaster Council Commits to Living Wage

Doncaster Council, UNISON, GMB, and Unite issued a joint statement announcing that the Council is committed to paying its workers, including library workers, the living wage. The living wage is higher than the minimum wage, as it is the calculated wage that a person would need to earn in order to meet the basic costs of living. For Doncaster Council workers, this would mean an increase from the current minimum wage of £6.50 an hour to £7.85.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

New Contract for Erie County Library Workers

Library workers in Erie County, members of AFSCME Local 2666, have a new four year contract. The new contract includes increased wages and increased health plan deductibles.

Monday, December 29, 2014

PLG Member Awarded Western Workers Labor Arts Award

PLG member Lincoln Cushing is the winner of the 2015 Western Workers Labor Arts Award. A librarian and archivist, Lincoln is the author of several books related to labor, including All of Us or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area and Agitate! Educate! Organize! American Labor Posters. Lincoln will be presented with the award in January as part of the Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival in California. For more about Lincoln, visit his website: