Sunday, May 17, 2015

"The Privatization Beast" at Kern County Public Libraries

Administration at Kern County Public Libraries in California have been in talks with Library Systems & Services LLC to take over running their libraries. Part of the company's proposed plan is to reduce employee costs by eliminating the union, reducing contributions to pension plans, and relying on volunteer workers for some of the tasks currently completed by library staff.

Yesterday at Beale Memorial Library, one of the library system's locations, a reading was held of "The Privatization Beast", a story about a beast who eats libraries.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Deal Reached at Saskatchewan Public Schools

Support staff at Saskatchewan's South East Cornerstone Public School Division have reached a tentative deal with the school's administration, ending strike action that began in April.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Strike in Barnet Council

Library workers in Barnet Council, UK were among the members of UNISON who took part in strike action last week. The council is planning on outsourcing library and other services in a bid to save money.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Langley Teacher's Association Speaks at University of Alberta

Recently representatives from the Langley Teacher's Association (LTA), a branch of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation, gave a presentation at the University of Alberta's School of Library and Information Studies. The president of LTA and a teacher librarian spoke on the involvement of the union with issues of censorship and library staffing. For more details, see the Winter 2015 issue of Local Link.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Strike at Saskatchewan Public Schools

Library workers are among the support staff set to go on strike today at the South East Cornerstone Public School Division in southeast Saskatchewan. Support staff at the school are members of Service Employees International Union.
South East Cornerstone Public School Division
South East Cornerstone Public School Division
South East Cornerstone Public School Division

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Strike Action Continues in Bromley

Workers in Bromley, UK continue to engage in strike action in protest of budget cuts and privatization attempts by Bromley Council. Next week library workers will go on strike, with workers from other council services such as parks and transportation striking on subsequent days.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Strike at Capilano University

Librarians and other faculty at Capilano University are on strike, cancelling classes days before final exams are set to begin. The Capilano University Faculty Union and university administration have been in negotiations since February.