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Employment & Work Stories

Cleveland Library, union not on the same page

Just A Little Bit More on the troubles at Cleveland Public. Administrators and the union were to return to the bargaining table Wednesday. If Williams was optimistic, Hajzak didn't seem to be. She expressed doubts the system's contract offer would change drastically.

Hajzak also blasted the library's posting of a news release regarding contract negotiations on the system's Web site.

Connecticut Library employees leave union

Interesting Story Out of CT where Employees at the Windsor Locks Public Library submitted a petition to the state of Connecticut earlier this year to leave their union, which they have belonged to for eight years.

Rose Horan, a circulation clerk at the library, announced this week that representatives of the state have completed verifying the signatures on the petition.

Three full-time employees and six part-time employees at the library belonged to the AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), which is part of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations). Horan, who was the union president for the local library employees, said the director and a library page were the only employees not required to join the union.

All the union employees were paying $300 in annual dues, she said.

"The staff of the Windsor Locks Public Library decided to decertify our union because we felt that AFSCME was no longer serving the needs of the employees,"

Cleveland Public Library workers plan one-day strike

Blake sends "this story from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
A one-day strike by employees of the Cleveland Public Library remains planned for Tuesday after no progress was made between the library and Service Employees International Union Local 1199, library spokesman David Williams said Sunday.

The library had a session with the union on Saturday, and no new negotiations have been scheduled, he said. If the strike happens, the Main Library downtown and some branches will remain open Tuesday, but others will close. The library will announce the closings today."

Library raises salary ranges

An Anonymous Patron writes "interesting article out of Michigan where the Georgetown Township Library has spent more than a year looking for someone to head youth services. Township officials approved higher salaries in hopes of staving off delays in filling positions. The youth services job has been vacant since August 2002. "We've had a lot of problems finding people with degrees; everybody has," Supervisor Jim Holtvluwer said. "You can find people for other positions, but there's a shortage of people with degrees."

The new salary ranges raise the director's post from between $48,000 and $53,000; for the assistant director, from between $40,000 and $45,000, and the youth director, from between $38,000 and $43,000."

Strikes in St John's

Anjlee writes "Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador staff have been informed that, as a result of budget cuts, the opening of The Rooms will be delayed for a year. A number of "transitional" staff have been laid off, including both conservators -- probably about one half the current staff of the provincial archives.
This has caused uproar in the local community and with all the other budget cuts, the local government is now facing massive public sector strikes.
Archivists are keeping up to date through the Arcan-L listserve.
Further information is available through the original government press release on the move to the new purpose-built archives building and the government strike information website. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) websites provide further info on the strike action from the employees' position."

Strike deadline set at libraries in Cleveland

Bob Cox notes News From Ohio where A union has set an April 20 strike deadline at the Cleveland Public Library.

A federal mediator is working with the library and Service Employees International Union Local 1199, which represents 407 of the library system's 735 workers, including librarians, custodians, clerks and carpenters.
Union steward Ryan Moore said Friday the library is demanding concessions in health care, leave, transfers and outsourcing. He said that, over three years, the union wants raises of 5 to 5.5 percent a year but management has offered just 1 percent a year.

Ghana's library workers set to strike

A union representing Ghana's library workers is promising "the mother of all strikes" unless
a conflict over salaries is resolved:

[Union representative Alex Sackitey] said this time round, the workers said, "enough is enough" and that they were going to stay away until their demands were met.

A section of the workers the paper spoke to claimed their wives had divorced them, owing to poor salaries and conditions of service. "Our children are also out of school because we cannot pay school fees," one worker stressed.

[Library workers] were wearing red bands and chanting war songs at the Greater Accra Regional library in Accra when The Chronicle visited the premises.

Complete story from the Ghanian Chronicle via

Careers With An Edge

kctipton writes "Career Journal, a Wall Street Journal offshoot, lists 10 careers that are hot right now where jobseekers have the upper hand. What's on the list for LISNewsies? Corporate Librarian! It's an interesting list.

I've read somewhere that the types of jobs that'll continue to be secure in this world of outsourcing and automation are those that absolutely require a person to be right there to do the work. This list of 10 careers mostly fits that mold."

Upheaval in libraries leads to loss of superior staff

An anonymous patron dropped by to let us know about an editorial in a Chicago newspaper describing some of the personnel problems in the Chicago Public Library system.

"Remember the dedicated, experienced reference librarians who helped you do research at the Chicago Public Library just a few years ago? Remember the branch librarians who knew your neighborhood and knew the collection and had time to connect the people to the resources? Many of them have taken early retirement, causing a significant loss of intellectual resources to the city. Many others have been re-assigned to departments or branches which do not use their expertise."

Dusty Books=Lung Cancer,Heart Attack

An Anonymous Patron writes "Hassan Bolourchi has a site dedicated to the health hazard of book dust. He says many librarians who work with dusty books suffer from different illnesses related to book dust. Some of these illnesses like allergy problems and asthma are well known and librarians are aware of them. This new study proposes that long-time exposure to book dust can cause many illnesses like lung cancer, heart attack, allergy, asthma, skin problem, depression, etc."


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