Thursday, August 17, 2017

Union Leader-Librarian-Prevails in suit against Retirement System

Former National Education Association – Shawnee Mission president Nancy Fritz has prevailed in her effort to get the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System (KPERS) to give her service credit for the time she spent leading the teachers union.
Nancy Fritz served as the head of the Shawnee Mission chapter of the National Education Association until 2015.

Nancy Fritz, a librarian who had worked for the district for 27 years when she took the NEA president position, filed suit against KPERS last fall after the retirement system informed her that it would not be counting the five years she spent as head of the union toward her retirement account. During that time, KPERS claimed, Fritz was no longer an employee of the district, but of the union. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Racist Origins of Right to Work

No one was more important in placing right-to-work on the conservative political agenda than Vance Muse of the Christian American Association, a larger-than-life Texan whose own grandson described him as “a white supremacist, an anti-Semite, and a Communist-baiter, a man who beat on labor unions not on behalf of working people, as he said, but because he was paid to do so.”
The idea for right-to-work laws came from Dallas Morning News editorial writer William Ruggles, who on Labor Day 1941 called for a constitutional amendment prohibiting the closed or union shop. Muse visited Ruggles soon thereafter and secured the writer’s blessing for the Christian American Association’s campaign to outlaw contracts that required employees to belong to unions. Ruggles even suggested to Muse the name for such legislation—right-to-work.
Muse had long made a lucrative living lobbying throughout the South on behalf of conservative and corporate interests or, in the words of one of his critics, “playing rich industrialists as suckers.”
Over the course of his career, he fought women’s suffrage, worked to defeat the constitutional amendment prohibiting child labor, lobbied for high tariffs, and sought to repeal the eight-hour-day law for railroaders.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2016 Union Review- See Esp. LUI Lockout Covered.

 2016 Union Review online at Progressive Librarian #45.

Just a few from the year past...

  • January 5, 2016 Library Workers Picket in Beverly, Massachusetts 
  • January 13, 2016 New Contract for Peterborough Library Workers, Ontario
  • Februrary 24, 2016 New Contract for Woburn Public Library Workers, Massachusetts
  • March 13, 2016 Toronto Public Library Workers Vote for Strike Action, Ontario
  • September 9, 2016 LIU librarian writes about lockout, New York Locked out! And not backing down by Emily Drabinski

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Oregon State University Workers Talk Strike

Classified employees at Oregon State University — the secretaries, food service workers, physical plant operators and other support staff — say they’re getting left behind economically and could go on strike if they don’t get a better contract....

article by Bennett Hall

Dayton Public Schools (Ohio) Preparing for Strike

Dayton Public Schools will be open for the Aug. 15 start of school, regardless of whether teachers are on strike, Superintendent Rhonda Corr said.
DPS is working with a company called Alternative Workforce, Inc., a subsidiary of the strike-staffing company Huffmaster, which has provided teachers to other school districts that have had strikes....
article by Jeremy P. Kelley

Ontario College Union Calls for September Strike Vote

The union representing academic staff at Ontario’s public colleges says it has made a request for a strike vote to be held after the start of classes next month.
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has asked the Ontario Labour Relations Board, which is responsible for scheduling the vote, for a date in the second week of September....
article by Kerri Breen

Michigan Librarian Describes Union Busting

Westland, Mich. — Workers World newspaper recently interviewed one of the public employee librarians who won a fight for union representation in Westland, Mich., a suburb of beleaguered Detroit...

article by Randi Nord