Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Planned Library Closures in Darlington, UK

Unite, the union representing library workers in the borough of Darlington, has spoken out against planned cuts to library services in that borough. The council has proposed closing two of the library branches in the borough as well as the library's mobile service, which would also result in the loss of thirty staff positions.

Strike Possible at California State

Librarians, professors, and other faculty at California State University may go on a five-day strike in April if an agreement has not been reached with administration on a new collective agreement. The workers, represented by the California Faculty Association, are asking for a 5% raise for all workers, as well as an additional raise of 2.65% for those at the low end of the pay scale. The administration has offered a 2% pay increase.

Friday, January 29, 2016

2015 US Union Membership Survey Released

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its annual report on union membership. Among its findings, in 2015:
  • union membership was 11.1% - the same as in 2014
  • 14.8 million workers belonged to a union
  • workers in education, training, and library occupations had the second-highest unionization rate at 35.5% - up slightly from the 2014 rate of 35.3%

Monday, January 18, 2016

Petition Filed to Save Scottish School Libraries

UNISON has backed a petition submitted to the government of Scotland asking for school libraries to be protected from planned cuts. East Renfrewshire Council has put forward a proposal that would reduce library services by fifty percent, cutting both library hours and librarian positions.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Vancouver Island Regional Library Workers Reach Tentative Agreement

Workers at Vancouver Island Regional Library have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. The workers, represented by CUPE Local 401, had voted in favor of strike action back in December if an agreement could not be reached. However, strike action was not necessary after a mediator became involved in the bargaining sessions. The contract has yet to be ratified.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New Contract for Peterborough Library Workers

Library workers at Peterborough Public Library have a new four-year contract with city administration. The collective agreement includes a wage freeze for 2016, with increased wages in subsequent years. The workers are represented by CUPE Local 1833.