Saturday, April 29, 2017

Camden County, NJ Library Workers Fighting for New Contract

In long Camden County library contract dispute, hint of a breakthrough

County librarians and librarian assistants are seeking a new contract and higher wages.

Librarians' assistants in the county, who are represented by Communications Workers of America Local 1014, earn the lowest starting salaries in the state.

Librarians are the lowest paid in the state. The librarians, almost all of whom are women, are represented by AFSCME Local 1454

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The rise and fall of the workers' movement, 1883-1982.

The rise and fall of the workers' movement, 1883-1982. European socialists and communists had expected the accumulation of capital both to expand the size of the industrial workforce and, at the same time, to unify the workers as a social subject: the collective worker, the class in-and-for itself. Instead capitalist accumulation gave birth to the separated society. The forces of atomisation overpowered those of collectivisation. Late capitalist civilisation is now destabilising, but without, as yet, calling forth the new social forces that might be able, finally, to dissolve it.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Homewood library staff members join union

In February 2016, employees reached out to the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31. All but two of the nearly 60 non-management employees signed on to unionize.
Certified by the Illinois Labor Relations Board last August, the group then went on to form a four-person bargaining committee, choosing Lisa Stilts, paraprofessional in Library Services, as president. Other committee members include Sandra Sullivan and Caitlyn Archer-Helke, both librarians, and Sue Ryan, circulation clerk.
The first bargaining session is slated for April 28.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sandwich Public Library Reopens on Sundays Following Long Unionization Process

Following a unionization effort begun in 2010, Sunday openings have finally returned to the Sandwich [MA] Public Library -- the last remaining sticking point in contract negotiations for the Sandwich Public Library Staff Association, a member of Local 4928 Massachusetts Library Staff Association, American Federation of Teachers.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Library workers stage hunger strike in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information Scientists and Documentalists (BALID) and Bangladesh Assistant Librarians Association staged a one-day hunger strike in support of their demands that job titles be changed.