Thursday, July 30, 2015

Conciliator Requested in Ontario Schools Contract Negotiations

CUPE, the union representing library technicians, education assistants, office staff, and other workers in schools throughout the province of Ontario, has requested a conciliator to assist in contract negotiations with the provincial government and the school boards. Workers have been without a contract since September.

Strike Action at National Gallery

Workers at the National Gallery in London have announced plans to go on an "all-out" strike next month over plans to privatize sections of the museum. They have been engaging in strike action since February, staging one-day walkouts 51 times thus far. Workers at the museum are represented  by the Public and Commercial Services Union.

The National Gallery has issued a statement about the ongoing strike action on its website.

Strike at London Metropolitan University

Last week library workers and other support staff at London Metropolitan University went on strike after compulsory redundancy notices were issued to three union members. One of those workers is the branch secretary of UNISON, the union representing staff at the university. View #HandsOffLondonMet on Twitter for photos and more information about the strike.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Workers at Northern Illinois University to Unionize

Workers at Northern Illinois University are seeking to unionize with AFSCME, and have filed a petition with the state labor board. The workers seeking representation include library staff and other technical, clerical, and paraprofessional staff. Other staff at the university are already represented by the union.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Protest at University of Illinois

Library workers  and other members of AFSCME Local 3700 and AFSCME Local 698, the unions that represent clerical and technical staff at the University of Illinois, engaged in a protest earlier this week, hand-delivering hundreds of postcards to the university president's office. The workers' contract is expired, and the unions have been in negotiations with the university administration for over a year.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

New Contract for Library Aides in Lowell, MA

Library aides at Lowell Public Schools have a new two-year contract that includes wage increases. The library aides are represented by SEIU Local 888.

Yarra Plenty Regional Library Workers End Industrial Action

Workers at Yarra Plenty Regional Library in Victoria, Australia have ended industrial action after receiving an improved offer from library administration. The workers had stopped attending emails, returning phone calls and emails, and running programs last week after previous attempts at reaching an agreement had failed.