Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fresno County librarians scab their own strike

The Fox affiliate in Fresno County is reporting that librarians in the Fresno County Library system are actually scabbing their own strike, with the help of volunteer scabs mentioned in the previous post.  According to the report, "16 of the county's 34 libraries stayed open thanks to union workers who did report to work and volunteers."

So this is not just a management ploy; union library workers themselves are undermining their union and the labor movement as a whole by crossing the picket line to keep libraries open while SEIU brothers and sisters are out on strike.  Perhaps this is a misguided attempt to keep everyone happy and is being done with good intentions, but we all know what the road to hell is paved with.

I sent emails to the Fresno County Library system yesterday and was referred to the County Chief Administrative Officer (I haven't heard back from that person, though).  I also sent a message to the executive of SEIU Local 521 about this situation and have not heard from them at all.  I encourage anyone reading this to ask SEIU Local 521 why their members are scabbing this strike and what role the union administration is playing in this undermining of the labor movement.

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