Sunday, September 24, 2017

San Diego County Workers Approve New Contract

A strike was avoided when a tentative agreement was reached between Service Employees International Union Local 221 and county officials.  Union members, including librarians, voted to approve the contract.

Chicago Losing More School Librarians

Budget cuts continue to erode school libraries in Chicago.  In 2013, Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 school librarians.  For the 2017-18 school year the number is 139.

Temple University -- Adjuncts Get First Contract

The Temple Association of University Professionals negotiated the first contract for adjunct faculty.  The union plans that future contracts for both full-time and part-time faculty will be negotiated together.  TAUP is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers.

An Adjunct Couple Speaks for Contract Ratification:

Tentative contract:

Ontario College Faculty Issue Strike Vote

Their contract expires September 30 and so, after ten weeks of negotiations with no movement from management, 68% of union members vote to strike if a settlement isn't reached. Twelve-thousand college faculty members, including librarians, are represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.

National School Irregular Workers Union -- South Korea

Librarians, bargaining unit members in the National School Irregular Workers Union in South Korea, along with cafeteria, administrative staff, computer room assistants, caregivers,  special education teachers and counselors staged nationwide protest in June to support minimum wage campaign and demand regular employment.

Full article can be found at:

Class conflict within South Korean labor force -- “How dare you, an irregular employee, look at me?”

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Elite Universities refusing to begin contract negotiations, filing challenges to the elections

Are elite universities 'safe spaces'? Not if you're starting a union | Thomas Frank

Universities are ultra-liberal institutions, famous for the kind of politically correct antics that keep the pundit class busy. And yet here they are, basically counting on a right-wing administration in Washington to come and save them from their own workers.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Nyack librarians beat back anti union law firm

Library workers in Nyack have voted to organize and affiliate with NYSUT.
Nyack library workers fought off a vicious anti-labor campaign waged by the Nyack Library Board of Directors, which hired Jackson Lewis, the notorious union-busting law firm, to try and defeat the organizing effort.
Using deception and fear, Jackson Lewis besieged library workers with anti-union missives "warning" of the "risks" of unionizing.
With support from concerned community members, staff was able to beat back the firm's relentless attack. Pivotal to the librarians' victory was a midsummer board meeting in which library workers and residents appeared in force to demand Jackson Lewis' firing.
"My co-workers and I have decided to form a union, which is our right," said Myra Starr, a longtime South Nyack resident and a bookkeeper at the library. "It's just appalling, especially in a place like Nyack, that my employer thinks it's acceptable to use my own tax money to fight us."
On July 24, workers voted overwhelmingly to unionize, and in August, the unit received certification from the National Labor Relations Board. The Nyack Staff Library Association will have some 50 members. Since the vote to unionize, neither the library nor Jackson Lewis has taken any action to challenge the outcome.
The union will now elect a bargaining team and prepare for its first negotiations.