Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Labor movements-Collections

Kaari, Jennifer  2017. "Social activism in the United States: Digital collection and primary sources." College & Research Libraries News 78, no. 8: 418-470.

Labor movements

 University of Pittsburgh features of the cartoons of labor activists and cartoonists for the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Did union vote prompt billionaire Joe Ricketts to close down digital news sites?

Did union vote prompt billionaire Joe Ricketts to close down digital news sites?

DNAInfo and the Gothamist in New York voted to go union ....
"We look forward to working with management to come up with a contract that safeguards workers and ensures the editorial and financial future of both outlets," their organizing committee declared last week. "This vote came after a long campaign for voluntary recognition, and we want to thank everyone who supported our effort to protect the workers of DNAinfo and Gothamist, which have been widely recognized as indispensable to local and neighborhood news in New York City.”
Owner Ricketts said screw it to all that and announced that he was shutting down the New York operations, as well as ones (that hadn't voted for unionization) in Chicago, Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles. A total of 115 employees, including journalists and ad salespeople, are now out in the cold. 
"The sites were scrubbed clean, wiping out years of reporting and making it impossible for DNA journalists to find links to their stories."

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New Attack Presents Old Challenges for Unions

New Attack Presents Old Challenges for Unions

As union density in the private sector has all but evaporated, public-sector unionism has become the central pillar of organized labor and progressive politics. How, and if, these public-sector unions can adapt and survive in the wake of Janus will likely determine whether there is a future for the American labor movement. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

2018 RUSA John Sessions Memorial Award.

RUSA is now accepting applications for the 2018 RUSA John Sessions Memorial Award.

The RUSA John Sessions Memorial Award, established in 1981, recognizes a library or library system that 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. Such efforts may include outreach projects to local labor unions; establishment of, or significant expansion of, special labor collections;
initiation of programs of special interest to the labor community; or other library activities that serve the labor community.
Self-nominations are welcome. All nominations must be received by Friday, Jan 5, 2018.
To submit please see:

or contact Phebe Dickson pld@drexel.edu

Janus v. AFSCME

The U.S. Supreme Court could soon outlaw public-sector unions from requiring nonmembers to pay dues or fees as part of a lawsuit which aims to dramatically change national labor law.

12 Things You Should Know About Janus v. AFSCME

Thursday, October 19, 2017

University of Chicago Graduate Students Vote to Unionize

EXCITING TWITTER FEED: https://twitter.com/uchicagogsu

The University is one of a dozen schools to host graduate student unionization votes since an NLRB decision August before last reopened the possibility. Several of these universities have continued legal challenges and refused to bargain after successful union votes. The University had filed to block this week’s vote, in part because a new Trump-era majority on the NLRB might again move to block graduate student unionization.
Graduate Students United tweeted, “We have a union. And we have a room full of joyously crying @UChicago grad workers. #YESGSU”
The Maroon spoke to graduate students at the polls Tuesday and Wednesday.
A pro-unionization graduate student described how she viewed the stakes: “A lot of us are living in almost poverty conditions; we’re really overworked, the school’s not very supportive—it’s been great to have this group of grad students coming together.”
The administration argued for months that a union would not be in the best interests of graduate students. An e-mailfrom Executive Vice Provost David Nirenberg on Sunday cautioned that unionization would introduce a “third party” that could interfere with graduate students’ relationships with the University.