February 16, 2018

Career Advice: 2012 Mover & Shaker Michael Russo

LJ’s Career Insights reaches out to our Movers & Shakers and asks about key moments in their careers. Michael Russo, who helped form LSU’s faculty union, is one of our change agents.

Regina, Canada Library Workers Won’t Collect Fines

Workers at Canada’s Regina Public Library walked off the job at 4 p.m. on May 28 to stage a rally outside of Regina City Hall. The 180 members of CUPE 1594 (all of the library’s employees except  management and anyone whose salary is funded by another branch of government) asked the library board to return […]

UPDATED: Toronto Library, Union Reach Deal

(This story has updated to report that the deal was approved and to provide details of the agreement.) Toronto Public Library workers and the Toronto Library Board voted on March 29 on a tentative settlement, according to The Star. The contract was approved, according to CBC News, and workers returned to work the following morning. […]

Toronto Library Closed by Strike

This article has been edited to include comment from the union. The Toronto Public Library (TPL)’s workers are on strike, after four negotiation deadline extensions on March 18 failed to produce agreement. The union, TPLWU Local 4948, represents 2,300 workers, about half of whom are full time employees. “There are approximately 1800 FTEs,” Maureen O’Reilly, president […]

Update: Gary Library Board, Union Agree on Cutbacks

The Gary Public Library and the library’s union have reached a tentative agreement on staff cuts. The plan, if approved by the library board and the union’s membership, would cut full-time staff from 51 to 37 employees, eliminate all 14 part-time positions, and cut pay 10 percent for all remaining employees.

Harvard Library Forms Councils with Union, Names Group Heads

The Harvard Library management will form three “joint councils” with the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW) to negotiate the library system’s reorganization, according to Harvard student newspaper The Crimson. The joint councils are defined in the university’s agreement with HUCTW, and won’t have authority to contravene that agreement. The councils will represent […]