Thursday, October 30, 2014

Queens Library Ends Private Contract with Custodians

The Queens Borough Public Library has a new interim CEO, Bridget Quinn-Carey, who has ended the private contract implemented by former CEO Tom Galante which replaced unionized custodians. In addition, the hiring freeze has been lifted and the library system has already hired at least 19 full-time employees.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Brown University Library Staff Negotiating for New Contract

The contract for unionized Brown University library staff expired last month and negotiations with the university administration continue. Among the union's concerns is the decrease in unionized staff members, as new hires are not part of the bargaining unit. Library staff were joined by members of the Brown Student Labor Alliance last week in handing out flyers and getting signatures on a petition showing solidarity with the union members.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Walk-Out at National Library of Wales

Workers at the National Library of Wales have walked off the job for the third time in two months in response to an ongoing wage dispute. According to a union representative, employees at the lowest pay grades make less than living wage, and all employees have been without a wage increase since 2009. This week's protest involved a two and a half hour work stoppage midday as well as a rally.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rally and Read-In at University of Sydney

Staff and students at the University of Sydney again held a rally in response to planned changes to library services and structure that could result in the loss of 156 jobs. This most recent rally included speeches and a read-in at Fisher Library.

Agreement Reached at University of Windsor

The Windsor University Faculty Association has signed a three-year collective agreement with the University of Windsor after months of negotiations.  The new collective agreement includes pay increases for full- and part-time faculty.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Thousands Protesting in UK

Huge demonstrations are taking place today in London, Glasgow, and Belfast, with members of several unions including Unite and UNISON marching and engaging in rallies in response to wage disputes between the government and public sector employees.

Check out #BritainNeedsaPayRaise, #AJustScotland, or #18Oct on Twitter for photos and more information on the demonstrations.

Strike at Greenwich Library Service

Staff at Greenwich Library Service went on strike on Tuesday, resulting in all but two of the system's branches being closed. According to a Unite representative, further strike action is likely as there continue to be concerns about staffing levels in the library system.