Category Archives: Unions

Contract Dispute May Be Ending

The Camden County (NJ)  Library System librarians and library assistants are seeking a new contract and higher wages.  A recent article reported that both groups have been working under a contract that expired in December 2015. Librarians’ assistants in the county, who are represented by Communications Workers of America Local 1014, reportedly earn the lowest starting salaries in the state. The librarians, almost all of whom are women, are represented by AFSCME Local 1454. One of their union Read the rest

East Side Freedom Library Wins John Session Memorial Award

The East Side Freedom Library has been selected as the 2017 winner of the John Sessions Memorial Award. The award, presented annually by the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association and sponsored by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contributions of the labor movement Read the rest

New Resource for Professionals Thinking about Joining a Union

The Department for Professional Employees (DPE) launched “Join A Union” a new page which is designed to answer professionals’ questions about union representation. The page provides information on why professionals join unions, the advantages of joining together in union, and the first steps in forming a union at work.Read the rest

Supreme Court Reviewing Mandatory Union Fees

The Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in a case where ten public school teachers are suing their union. They say that they are being forced to pay to support positions with which they disagree, in violation of the First Amendment. This article suggests that there is a possibility that the teachers could win their case.  The comment is based on the fact that the Supreme Court previously suggested that the First Amendment bars forcing government workers to make payments … Read the rest

August 2015 Highlights

According to the Union Library Workers Blog, unionization and new contracts were top news for libraries last month (August 2015).  Here are the highlights:

  • Workers at Mineola Memorial Library (NY) have a new six-year collective agreement, retroactive to June 2012. The agreement includes increases in wages, longevity bonuses, and employer contributions to dental and optical insurance. The library workers are represented by the Library Employees Unit of the United Public Service Employees Union.
  • Workers at Belleville Public Library (Ontario)
Read the rest

Unions Rethink Strategy After Election Losses

Unions suffered losses at all levels of government following the recent elections.  The author of this Governing.com article suggests that unions will have less impact now in states where issues such as pension cuts and charter schools and voucher expansions are expected to be a prominent part of the debate. Labor’s declining membership — along with open attacks on collective bargaining and other labor rights launched by some politicians — makes it difficult for unions to maintain their traditional clout.  … Read the rest

Gallup: Americans Approve of Labor Unions, Right to Work Laws

Results of a recent Gallup survey suggest that a slim majority of Americans, 53 percent, approve of labor unions. Although more Americans approve than disapprove of unions, they also widely support right-to-work laws.… Read the rest

AFSCME Offers Resources from 41st Annual Conference

In July 2014, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees AFL-CIO (AFSCME) held its 41st International Convention in Chicago. If you were unable to attend the conference, you might find the resources from workshops useful. In addition to listening to some of the speeches that were made during the conference, you can also view videos and photos. For additional details on the conference, visit the following pages:

AFSCME is the nation’s largest union … Read the rest

Collective Bargaining for Paternity Leave

Every day, families make difficult choices about how they will provide both emotional and financial support for their dependents. Work in Progress, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Labor, highlights the first White House Summit on Working Families and the role of unions in achieving parity in parental leave.… Read the rest