Saturday, August 18, 2018

Joint Letter in Support of Librarian Academic Freedom

Joint Letter in Support of Librarian Academic Freedom
August 18, 2018
President Janet Napolitano
University of California
1111 Franklin St., 12th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
Joint statement by CUCFA and CA-AAUP:
On July 26, 2018 UC negotiators rejected a proposal by the UC-AFT Unit 17 that academic freedom be recognized as a right of all UC librarians as academic employees. UC negotiators reportedly argued that academic freedom is granted only to faculty and students “to enable free expression in the classroom,” that it is “a professional standard established by faculty, for faculty,” and that their position was consistent with “AAUP’s stance on Academic Freedom.”
The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has rejected UC negotiators’ claims and clarified that since 1972 it has recognized librarians as faculty (Joint Statement on Faculty Status of College and University Librarians – Specifically, the joint statement affirms that:
College and university librarians share the professional concerns of faculty members. Academic freedom is indispensable to librarians in their roles as teachers and researchers. Critically, they are trustees of knowledge with the responsibility of ensuring the intellectual freedom of the academic community through the availability of information and ideas, no matter how controversial, so that teachers may freely teach and students may freely learn. Moreover, as members of the academic community, librarians should have latitude in the exercise of their professional judgment within the library, a share in shaping policy within the institution, and adequate opportunities for professional development and appropriate reward.
The Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) and the California Conference of AAUP chapters (CA-AAUP) wholeheartedly agree with AAUP’s 1972 statement, recognize librarians as fellow faculty, and jointly support UC-AFT Unit 17’s request that all librarians be “entitled to academic freedom, as their primary responsibility to their institution and profession is to seek, state, and act according to the truth as they see it.”
CUCFA and CA-AAUP therefore urge UC President Napolitano to instruct UC negotiators to grant academic freedom to university librarians as they rightly deserve and have requested.
Stanton Glantz,
President, Council of UC Faculty Associations
Professor of Medicine, UCSF
cc: UC Regents

Unions Fight for All Workers

Viewpoint: Unions Aren’t Exclusive Clubs—We Fight for All Workers | Labor Notes

Our strength comes from our solidarity. The whole point of Janus and the many court cases coming down the pipeline is to destroy our collective power and identity by making unions about individual decisions.
Billionaire-backed anti-union groups want us arguing over who’s paying for what, rather than fighting the boss. Getting rid of exclusive representation and the duty of fair representation just plays into their hands.
Our fights should be for a better quality of life for all workers and communities, where nobody is just scraping by.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Labor and the Class Idea

Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada, by Barry Eidlin. Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Collective actors such as unions do not simply exist; they are formed and re-formed through social struggles. Moreover, to the extent that we can ascribe interests to classes, the mere fact that such a class interest exists in no way guarantees that members of that class will either be aware of it or mobilize in pursuit of it. Interests must be organized. In particular, it is parties and unions that do the work of organizing interests when it comes to creating something identifiable as “the working class.”

Good review in Labor Notes.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

His Union Remembering Johnny Cash

Chet Atkins represents American Federation of Musicians Local 257 and awards Johnny Cash for 25 years of membership.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Union Notices on Bulletin Boards-Still an Issue

Unions rally to support suspended Social Security worker
TROY – Union members rallied outside the Social Security Administration ... NYSUT has been dealing with the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Janus ...
“First they came for the bulletin board,” was one of the messages Pelletier wrote.
Bulletin boards are a way for us to not only communicate with our current members, but also can be utilized as an avenue to reach our non-member coworkers.