Saturday, September 17, 2016

Behind the Lockout

Behind the Lockout

The Long Island University lockout is over. A rank-and-file librarian explains how faculty won and why it matters for public education around the country.

Tentative contract agreement on Sunday openings - Rockford (IL) Public library

ROCKFORD — The Rockford Public Library Board of Trustees approved a new three-year labor contract with employees tonight that opens the door to Sunday hours.
All six branches of the city's library system are closed on Sundays. Library leaders have long blamed that on contract language that requires them to pay time and a half to employees on Sundays. The higher wages imposed a potential financial burden that kept libraries closed on Sundays despite requests from the public....

On strike since June 25 - Essex County Library - CUPE

The library strike in Essex County continues after contract negotiations once again fell apart. 
Officials from the Essex County Library Board issued a statement Wednesday night, saying they spent another two days talking with CUPE Local 2974, but those discussions failed...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

LIU Lockout Ends


Sep 14, 2016 by 

Dear LIUFF Colleagues,
We have won a victory. The administration will end their unprecedented lockout effective 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, September 14. We will be reunited with our students and can resume our professional lives. Our collective bargaining agreement is extended until May 31, 2017, and the administration agreed to our condition that we engage a professional mediator to facilitate a fair contract. This timeframe gives us the opportunity to negotiate in good faith while preserving LIU Brooklyn.
The LIU administration will make the faculty whole for health care costs incurred during the lockout period. The union’s unfair labor practice complaints relating to the lockout and our arbitration on pay parity remain active and will be vigorously pursued.
You should plan to meet with your classes starting tomorrow...

Friday, September 9, 2016

LIU librarian writes about lockout

Locked out! And not backing down

by Emily Drabinski
Four days before classes began — those days we usually use to prep for the new semester — the faculty at Long Island University-Brooklyn was locked out by management. It was an aggressive act, equal parts enraging, terrifying, and sad. For me, a librarian, faculty member and secretary of LIU Faculty Federation, it feels like a betrayal, really, worse than when we went on strike five years ago. Here is what it’s been like on the ground, condensed from my blog, which I’ve kept from the beginning.

LIU lockout continues...

When Kiyonda Hester started the final year of her master’s program in social work, on Wednesday at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus, an instructor began a course by acknowledging he was unqualified to teach it.
The temporary instructor, who is an administrator, told the students that he had to be there so he wouldn’t be fired, Ms. Hester said. He took attendance and noted that the syllabus had been posted online.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Lock-out threat at Long Island University

A contract dispute between the union representing LIU Brooklyn faculty and the university’s administration has led to a planned lockout and threats for picketing, just as the fall semester is set to begin....

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