A century after the first library workers union was founded, library workers continue to work within labor unions to improve wages and working conditions. Unions also advocate on behalf of library employers, coordinating campaigns with library administrations to protect and increase funding and awareness.
Speakers will highlight examples of labor-management collaborations for library advocacy, service enhancements, and share strategies and outline legal protections for those looking to form a union and organize through social media.
In 2015, the Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan libraries launched a campaign to restore their budgets to 2008 funding levels. Labor leaders, library leaders, and community activists came together to persuade the New York City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio to restore funding. Valentin Colon, President New York Public Library Guild, Local 1930, DC37/AFSCME/AFL-CIO will discuss the strategies employed to restore funding and services. For more information see: New York City FY17 Budget To Ensure Baseline Library Funding
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Meeting Type: Program
Sponsors: ALA, RUSA
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Coordinator, Labor & Employment Research Team
Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, District of Columbia
National Labor Relations Board
New York Public Library Guild, Local 1930, DC37 / AFSCME / AFL-CIO