Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Bill Whitson-California Union Hero & Local Historian. UC-AFT Berkeley-San Francisco Local 1474

UC Librarians and the Union: A Historical Perspective. by Bill Whitson.

From the first days of librarians' struggle to win improved status, pay and perquisites back in the 1960's, the union's work has benefited librarians both directly and indirectly. READ THE ENTIRE ESSAY.



{Sandy Vella presents the Member of the Year Award to Bill Whitson, 1997.} Bill Whitson is a retired UC Berkeley librarian who participated over many years
in the development of both the Berkeley local and LAUC-B.
He was a member of the Local 1795 Executive Committee between 1972-1992, co-chaired the legislative lobbying campaign in 1972/73, was President of the Local in 1977/78, 1978/79, 1984/85 and 1985/86, a member of the bargaining team in 1985 and 1992, and Co-chair of the Grievance Committee for 4 years between 1987 and 1992. He was statewide UC-AFT Secretary in 1987/88 and edited the statewide UC-AFT Newsletter in 1993/94.

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