Thursday, May 26, 2016

United Teachers of Wichita Vote to Shorten School Year

United Teachers of Wichita has voted in favor of shortening the overall school year and lengthening each school day in response to state budget cuts. The alternative option that the union is trying to avoid is the elimination of some librarian, data leader, and custodial positions. The changes to the school year are pending approval from the district school board.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

CUPE Local 4705 Requests Provincial Conciliation

CUPE Local 4705, the union representing library and other city workers in Sudbury, ON, has requested a provincial conciliator after negotiations with the city proved unsuccessful. The workers have been without a contract since March 31.

Show of Solidarity for Universal College of Learning Library Workers

On Monday, library staff at the Universal College of Learning in New Zealand were joined by workers from nearby libraries and schools in a show of solidarity in response to planned job cuts as a result of restructuring at the college. The workers are represented by the Tertiary Education Union.

Strike in Lewisham

Library workers in the London borough of Lewisham went on strike on Saturday in response to plans to close four of the borough's library branches. The workers, members of UNISON, were joined by library workers from Lambeth as well as community library supporters. Photos of the strike can be viewed here.

2015 Union Review Available Online

The latest annual union review, "'A Seat at the Table': 2015 Union Review", based on posts on this blog, was recently published in issue 44 of Progressive Librarian.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Information Picket at Washington-Centerville Public Library

Library workers at Washington-Centerville Public Library organized an information picket earlier this week in order to inform the public about their concerns with the library administration's "stall tactics". Six years ago, the workers voted to form the Washington Centerville Public Library Staff Association but have yet to negotiate a contract.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Accusation of Union Busting in Newfoundland

The Canadian Union of Public Employees has accused the government of Newfoundland and Labrador of union busting in response to recently announced changes to library services. Fifty-four of the provinces' public library branches are slated to close over the next two years, resulting in sixty employees losing their jobs. The education minister recently announced that volunteers and student workers may be asked to staff school libraries during the evenings in order to provide some services to the communities left without a public library branch. Dawn Lahey, head of CUPE Local 2329, said: 
What a slap in the face to someone. Not only union busting, but it's a slap in the face to someone who's given their life to that library.