Thursday, June 16, 2022

Daniel Clarkson Fisher is 2022 Braverman Award Winner

 Daniel Clarkson Fisher, 

“A Promised (but Ultimately Unreachable) Land.” 2022 Braverman Award.

Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting

Sunday, June 26, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Washington Convention Center, 204C

Please make plans to attend the Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting at ALA Annual in Washington DC, where Daniel Clarkson Fisher, the 2022 winner of the Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize, will present his winning essay “A Promised (but Ultimately Unreachable) Land”.

Fisher’s essay presents a critical history of the concept of neutrality, which he categorizes as “functionally impracticable” despite being a “touchstone of contemporary librarianship.” As a case study, Fisher asserts that the selection of former President Obama as ALA’s 2021 keynote speaker is at odds with its organizational values.

Fisher is a graduate student at Western University, and his anticipated graduation date is June 2022.

PLG / Braverman Dinner
Sunday, June 26, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Baan Siam, 425 I Street Northwest, Washington DC

PLG members and friends are cordially invited to attend the 2022 Progressive Librarians Guild / Miriam Braverman Prize Dinner in Washington DC. This year's Miriam Braverman Prize is given to Daniel Clarkson Fisher for his essay “A Promised (but Ultimately Unreachable) Land”.

Baan Siam is moderately priced and provides vegetarian options. Hope to see you there!

— Mark Hudson, PLG Coordinating Committee

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Labor Notes Conference -Free Live Stream-June 17-19, 2022


Friday, June 17 - Sunday, June 19

All times Central.


Friday, 1pm - 2:45pm CT

At the heart of workers’ power is the ability to shut down business as usual by using the best-known tool in the labor movement’s toolbox: the strike. Hear from workers who’ve done it themselves, from Nabisco to Kellogg’s to Starbucks, and how those fights have transformed their unions, their co-workers, and the world.

Donna Jo Marks, Bakery Workers Local 364, Nabisco
Kevonna Neely, Communications Workers Local 1133
Sarah Pappin, Starbucks Workers United
Braxton Wright, United Mine Workers, Warrior Met Coal
Facilitator: Sara Nelson, Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA)



Friday, 3pm - 4:45pm CT

Starbucks workers across the country have been self-organizing an expansive and exciting new organizing campaign that has caught the national imagination. Hear from workers who’ve organized their own stores, gone on strike, built public support, and are changing the labor movement.

Mason Boykin, Jacksonville
Kylah Clay, Boston
Alydia Claypool, Kansas City
Laila Dalton, Phoenix
Will Westlake, Buffalo
Bill Whitmire, Phoenix
Facilitator: Daisy Pitkin, Workers United-SEIU



Friday, 5pm-6:30pm CT

From Amazon and Starbucks to Google and Apple, we’re in the midst of a wave of union organizing that is challenging longstanding assumptions and redefining the boundaries of what’s possible. Join a discussion with veteran labor strategists and organizers on the frontlines of current organizing efforts about how unions can make the most of this upsurge.

Mark Meinster, United Electrical Workers
Stephanie Luce, Professional Staff Congress
Kylah Clay, Starbucks Workers United
Derrick Palmer, Amazon Labor Union
Facilitator: E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker


Friday, 7:30pm-9pm CT

Stacy Davis Gates, president-elect, Chicago Teachers Union
Michelle Eisen, Starbucks Workers United
Dilson Hernandez, musician and hip hop artist
Sean O’Brien, president, Teamsters
Marie Ritacco, St. Vincent striker and vice president, Massachusetts Nurses
Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator
Chris Smalls, president, Amazon Labor Union
Nolan Tabb, John Deere striker, Auto Workers/ Unite All Workers for Democracy
Chair: Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes


Saturday, 9-9:45 am CT

Victor “The Mixer” Bouzi, IATSE Local 695
Marcia Howard, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers
Lynn Marie Smith, The Motown Diva
Chair: Steven Pitts, Black Work Talk



Saturday, 2pm-3:45pm CT

Hear directly from rank-and-file Amazon workers from four different groups across the country about how they’re organizing at the corporate giant—building independent unions and winning elections, organizing direct actions on the job, and launching campaigns to improve working conditions and demand wage increases.

Angelika Maldonado, Amazon Labor Union
Rev. Ryan Brown, Carolina Amazonians United for Solidarity and Empowerment
Chris Zamarron, Amazonians United
Jennifer Bates, Retail and Department Store Workers (RWDSU), Amazon Bessemer
Facilitator: Bianca Cunningham, Action Center on Race and the Economy


Sunday, 1pm-2pm CT

Israel Cervantes, Casa Obrera del Bajio, General Motors, Mexico
Liliana Herrera, singer-songwriter
Jon Schleuss, president, NewsGuild
Jessica Wender-Shubow, Brookline Educators Union president
Chair: Barbara Madeloni, Labor Notes.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Texas A&M librarians give up tenure status in academic reorganization

Administrators say the reorganization was designed to streamline and simplify library operations and emphasize student needs over librarians’ research, according to The Houston Chronicle.

Texas A&M librarians give up tenure status in academic reorganization [Houston Chronicle] (paywalled)

Thanks to Library Link of the Day for this.

More at Inside Higher Education: 

Texas A&M Librarians Lose Tenure in Reorganization Plan

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Pratt Workers United-Intent to form a Union-Enoch Pratt Free Library

Pratt Workers United

AFSCME Council 67 

See website FAQ  here: 

Dear Pratt Co-workers,

We are excited to share our intent to form a union at the Enoch Pratt Free Library as Pratt Workers United.

We are a diverse group of part-time and full-time workers from across the system’s many locations and departments. We started as a small group of co-workers in early 2021 and have been working to build our union ever since. And we are proud to announce that we have achieved majority support among eligible workers. 

Together we are fighting for a library that prioritizes respect, accountability, and transparency toward its employees and toward the public. In order to do this, we need:

  • Transparent communication and collaborative decision-making so we have a voice in all decisions that affect us and the communities we serve.

  • A workplace that values the health and safety of all workers, including our physical and mental well-being.

  • Good wages, full benefits for part-time employees, and transparent, evenly applied standards for hiring, promotion, pay, and contractual work.

  • A work culture in which we are all treated with respect and dignity.

By collectively organizing, we can create a better workplace at the Pratt. Through our union, we will gain the power to negotiate a legally binding contract that raises standards for our working conditions, wages, and benefits, and to hold management accountable to that contract. 

Some of you may have already spoken to a co-worker about joining our union. If you have not yet heard from us, we would love to connect with you. Whether you have worked at EPFL for 3 days or 30 years, It takes all of us to build a powerful union. 

We need each other to make the library into a place where our actions reflect our values and where workers and patrons feel safe and supported. Join us by signing your union card today!

For questions or to set up a time to talk to a co-worker or union organizer, email Read our mission statement here

In Solidarity,

Pratt Workers United

The Gospel of Organizing" Unionizing in the long shadow of the Gilded Age

Daisy Pitkin,  The Gospel of Organizing: Unionizing in the long shadow of the Gilded Age* The Baffler. April 12, 2022.

It is the middle of December 2021, and last week, on the seventh, approximately three hundred workers at this library and at eighteen other Carnegie branches across Pittsburgh reached a tentative agreement on their first union contract. The workers won the right to bargain this agreement after a majority of them voted to join the United Steelworkers, an offshoot of a union that, 130 years earlier, was nearly crushed by Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick, chairman and chief executive of Carnegie Steel. The United Steelworkers now reaches far beyond the dwindling American steel industry and welcomes most of its new members from sectors like higher ed, health care, tech, and cultural institutions.

Daisy Pitkin,  The Gospel of Organizing: Unionizing in the long shadow of the Gilded AgeThe Baffler. April 12, 2022. 

*Thanks to Jessamyn West who highlighted this article in TILT #98

Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy

 The Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy JCBA is an open-access, peer-reviewed, online periodical the purpose of which is to advance research and scholarly thought related to academic collective bargaining and to make relevant and pragmatic peer-reviewed research readily accessible to practitioners and to scholars in the field. All content is available free of charge to individuals or their institutions, to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of the articles of this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or author. Users are allowed to make derivatives. Users that wish to use the work for commercial purposes must request permission from the author of the work.

Volume 13 (2022) 

The State of Collective Bargaining in the Pandemic

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions-May 2022


for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions
Our May 2022 newsletter includes new filings, election results, and decisions in higher education including the contingent faculty representation petition at Skidmore College, the election scheduled at Santa Clara University, a decision finding proposed just cause provisions for California community college faculty to be mandatory subjects of negotiations, and an update on the litigation before the NLRB concerning the appropriateness of a combined bargaining unit of contingent faculty and staff at Bates College.

The newsletter also includes links to video recordings and materials from our 49th annual conference on April 11-13, 2022, links to articles from the latest volume of the Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy, and another reminder to institutions and unions to submit responses to our collective bargaining census survey.