Monday, March 31, 2014

Possible Penalty for Labor Courses at Michigan State

Michigan State University recently began offering courses previously offered at the National Labor College, which is slated for closure this year. This decision could mean the university will be faced with a $500,000 penalty after the state Senate has decided to ban public universities from offering courses that promote or discourage union organizing. A decision on enforcing the penalty will likely be made in April.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

History of Librarians Association

The Librarians Association of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library has posted "A Short History of the Librarians Association" by Gay Baines, written in 1987. The piece includes information about the formation of the Association in 1968.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Contract Dispute at Wellesley Library

Members of the Wellesley Free Library Staff Association are currently engaged in an online campaign to bring attention to their ongoing contract dispute with the town of Wellesley. Wages for the library's part-time workers are at the forefront of the negotiations, with the town demanding increases for part-time wokers' wages be offset by reductions in full-time workers' benefits and wages. The town has rejected the recommendations of a third party fact-finder, and according to the Association's Facebook page, last week's mediation sessions were unsuccessful. Staff at the library have been without a contract since July 2011.

Monday, March 17, 2014

US Dept of Labor "Books that Shaped Work in America"

The US Department of Labor is compiling a a list of "Books that Shaped Work in America". The list has been criticized for its apparent exclusion of important works, the lack of labor historians in the list of contributors, and the inclusion of works that seem to have little to do with labor. The list is an on-going initiative and anyone can recommend a book for inclusion.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

New Contracts for Okanagan Regional Library Workers

Employees at the Okanagan Regional Library who are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees have a new four-year contract, while other employees who are represented by the Professional Employees Association have a new three-year contract. Both contracts include wage increases and improvements to benefits.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

University of Illinois Faculty on Strike

Faculty and librarians at the University of Illinois-Chicago were joined by students on the picket lines today as they began a two-day strike. Union members have been without a contract since becoming certified in 2012 and are proposing changes to the salary structure for both tenure and non-tenure track faculty. The union and the university administrations are scheduled to meet on Friday.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mount Allison University Strike Ends

The three-week strike at Mount Allison University has ended and teachers and students are back in the classroom today. Over the weekend the Mount Allison Faculty Association and the university administration met with a provincial mediator and have agreed to have outstanding issues settled by binding arbitration.