Monday, January 23, 2023

Who Wins in the HarperCollins Union Labor Dispute?

 

On strike since November 2022, the HC union walkout has become a test case for how labor unions could change the publishing business.


As the HarperCollins labor dispute rolls into a new year, the company's unionized employee strike is now the longest in the union's more than 80-year history at the top publisher. Since the initial employee walkout on November 10, the dispute has caught the attention of all publishing sectors, with many anticipating the outcome as a test case for how labor unions could change business operations. But for many publishing industry veterans, whether that change is positive or negative remains to be seen.

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Librarian and activist Stephen Lane appointed to Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees

 

JANUARY 20, 2023

Librarian and activist Stephen Lane appointed to Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees.


Lane, a former special collections librarian and union member at IndyPL, was appointed by the Indianapolis Public Schools board Jan. 19. Lane, an archivist at IUPUI, now fills the seat of Jose Salinas, whose term expired at the end of 2022. He was allowed to remain active until his seat was filled.

Lane has been vocal in his support to appoint Nichelle M. Hayes as the new CEO of the library, speaking out at previous library board meetings and a protest in December. With Lane on the board, he joins members Dr. Khaula Murtadha and Dr. Patricia Payne to evenly split the board’s support for Hayes.

“We must strengthen the board’s relationship with the workers of the library and our community,” Lane said at the school board meeting. “I want to serve as a bridge for the Indianapolis Public Library board and the library workers and the community.”


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Librarian and activist Stephen Lane appointed to Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees (wfyi.org)

Friday, January 13, 2023

University of Washington librarians and staff are calling for a second strike

University of Washington librarians and staff are calling for a second strike on Jan. 25 if a contract agreement with the university isn’t reached by then.

Members of Service Employees International Union Local 925, which has about 130 librarians and press workers, said at Thursday’s UW Board of Regents quarterly meeting that librarians and staff will strike if negotiations continue to stall. 



UW librarians announce second strike if deal isn’t reached | The Seattle Times

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Southern Poverty Law Center Union

 Southern Poverty Law Center

July 2022

Non-profit becomes one of the few organizations in the South to model the partnership and respect that collective bargaining represents.

After more than a year and a half of negotiations, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with the SPLC staff. The SPLC Union, represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, reached agreeement with management to finalize negotiations on the deal Wednesday evening.

“This is a proud day for the SPLC — true to our work and true to our values, we are proud to be a unionized organization,” said SPLC President and CEO Margaret Huang. “SPLC has fought for, supported, and partnered with unions for decades. Union values are in our DNA.”

SPLC management, workers reach agreement on contract | Southern Poverty Law Center (splcenter.org)

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Here Come the Nonprofit Unions (philanthropy.com)

Thursday, January 5, 2023

University of Washington Library workers authorize strike amid protracted contract negotiations

 University of Washington librarians are fed up with poor working conditions and are prepared to strike, if necessary. 

Since joining the union SEIU Local 925, UW Libraries and UW Press staff have been engaged in acrimonious bargaining with the administration. The university has been playing hardball, dragging negotiations on for more than a year. However, workers are determined to fight back.

In October, union members held a one-day strike to keep up the pressure. On Nov. 17, 94 percent of the members voted to authorize an indefinite strike action if necessary.

The labor dispute has been ongoing for years. In 2020, staff decided to begin organizing, and in June 2021, they won recognition from the Washington state Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). Workers said that the university refuses to pay competitive wages, which has led to demoralization and high turnover.

Chelsea Nesvig, a research and instruction librarian at the UW Bothell and Cascadia College campuses, said that none of her colleagues have received a wage increase in more than a year.


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Monday, December 19, 2022

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA STRIKE-Tentative Agreement with UAW

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December 16, 2022

 TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY

 

After months of negotiations, a strike, and disruptions on our campuses, I am pleased to inform you that UC has reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) regarding the Graduate Student Researchers (GSR) and Academic Student Employees (ASE) contracts. Union members are expected to vote on the tentative agreements in the coming days.

 

With these agreements, student employees are expected to return to work and cease any picketing.

 

The tentative agreements include new minimum salary scales for Academic Student Employees, including Teaching Assistants, and Graduate Student Researchers, as well as multiyear pay increases, paid dependent access to university health care and enhanced paid family leave.

 

Additional information about the agreements is available here.

 

We believe these agreements honor the vital contributions our ASEs and GSRs make to UC’s teaching and research activities and uphold UC’s tradition of supporting them with compensation and benefits packages that are among the best in the country. The agreements also help ensure that UC continues to be extremely competitive as a top research institution.

 

Following the strike, we will be working to restore healthy relationships across the system including healthy labor-management relations. On behalf of everyone at the Office of the President who has been involved with these negotiations, I want to thank all members of the University community for their patience and commitment during this challenging period. I also want to thank our campus labor relations and academic personnel colleagues for their partnership throughout the negotiations.