The Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore Senators have voted to advance a bill to the full Maryland State Senate that would allow 600 county library employees to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Columbia Graduate Student workers have been on strike for two weeks, a response to the fact that they still have no contract 5 years after the NLRB ruled they had a right to form a union. Inside Higher Ed has the story here. The Columbia Spectator also has coverage of undergraduate support for the graduate workers.
Elsewhere in New York City, NYU saw members of the Graduate Student Organizing Committee (GSOC) and their supporters rally in support of a vote for strike authorization. GSOC claims that after nine months of negotiations, and the expiration of their last contract in August 2020, the administration has been stonewalling in negotiations. The NYU student paper, Washington Square News, has the story here.
Monday, March 22, 2021
The References and Users Services Association of the American Library Association (RUSA) and the Department of Professional Employees of the AFL-CIO have announced that the Labor Arvhives of Washington, University of Washiington Libraries Special Collections have received the 2021 John Sessions Memorial Award.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Union booksellers rallied outside of New York City's famed Strand bookstore last week after a year of difficult relationships between labor and management, Publisher's Weekly reported.
Many of the workers in attendance had experienced three separate layoffs from the bookstore in the past year while Strand ownership had invested in Amazon stock and taken in more than a million dollars in payroll protection loans while laying off 188 employees last March alone.
Employees from nearby bookstores joined the Strand booksellers in their demonstration in solidarity.
Monday, February 8, 2021
Local NBC affiliate WVTM 13 reports that workers at the Bessemer, AL Amazon warehouse rallied over the weekend in support of their unionization efforts.
The rally followed a decision earlier in the week by the National Labor Relations Board to allow the vote to go ahead despite Amazon's objections to the vote being conducted via mail in ballots.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that employees of Bookstore Santa Cruz voted 58% in favor of unionizing with the Communication Workers of America Local 9423.
Impetus for the organizing drive came this past year when workers were asked to return to work without health and safety measures in place and without a workers voice in pandemic planning. Workers also are pushing for higher wages.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
A French teachers union estimated that about a third of all of France's teachers would go out on strike yesterday, January 26th, as frustration has risen around the nation's response to the resurgent COVID-19 pandemic, The Connexion has reported.
The union, SNUipp-FSU, said that members felt that the state had abandoned frontline workers in the midst of deteriorating situations making and called for the state to implement protection for teachers and students that rose to the challenge of COVID-19.
The unions are also demanding action on teacher salaries, which falls 7% below the global average for early and mid-career professionals, after promises and reforms made last year were deemed insufficient.
Students and parents are also joining the strike over frustration with the government's response to the pandemic.
France's nurses union also encouraged its school nurse members to join the teachers strike, saying the additional burdens placed on school nurses to test and contact trace COVID-19 prevented them from being able to tend to and care for students with other health needs.