Thursday, November 30, 2023

Daniel Boone Regional Library reaches tentative contract agreement

 The Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL) administration and DBRL Workers United union have reached a tentative agreement on a contract after 13 months of bargaining.

Read more from kbia here

Friday, November 24, 2023

Niles Library Wins First contract

Employees of the Niles-Maine District Library in Niles, Illinois have their first union contract, and along with it, significant wages increases and-for the first time-paid parental leave. Read more from AFSCME here.


Thursday, November 9, 2023

Daniel Boone Regional Library Workers Union Negotiations Continue

What began Wednesday morning as friendly negotiations between the Daniel Boone Regional Library union and the library administration as they worked toward a first contract turned tense by afternoon. Read more from the Columbia Daily Tribune here

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Salt Lake City Public Library Workers Union Update

 After long-standing workplace issues, the Salt Lake City Public Library system organized into a worker’s union in April of this year. According to the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, this is Utah’s first library union, composed of approximately 245 employees across nine branches. KUER states that library employees have been planning to unionize to make changes in their workplace for more than a year, and they’re picking up speed.

Read more from the Daily Utah Chronicle here.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

American Library Association SRRT issue: Labor and Unions

ICYMI: Check out the October ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table newsletter. Features include a history of the Union LibraryWorkers Blog (that's us!) and a moving call to action from Meghan McGowan, Librarian at Wayne State University. Read more here

Friday, November 3, 2023

Newberry Library Workers Win First Union Contract

A year after forming their own union, more than 60 workers at the Chicago library have ratified a new contract. It includes a 15% pay raise, a ratification bonus, a doubling of parental leave and freezing of healthcare costs. Tune in for more from WBBM here.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

RUSA John Sessions Memorial Award Accepting Nominations - Deadline Feb. 23, 2024

Since 1982, Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) has presented the John Sessions Memorial Award to celebrate "a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States."

Nominate a library (or library system) by filling out the online nomination form. Submission guidelines are including on the nomination form. Deadline for nominations is February 23, 2024. Read more about John Sessions and past award winners on Wikipedia.