Bargaining coming to UCLA on July 26th

UCLA folks are busy gearing up for next week, when bargaining will take place at the Young Research Library on Thursday, July 26th.  This week, UC-AFT members and allies had a fun button-making and sign-making get-together, and we’re getting more psyched up every day. Here's the schedule for bargaining on the 26th: 9AM Informational Table … Continue reading Bargaining coming to UCLA on July 26th

Why Sabbatical Leave rights matter

“Truly original work, whether it be transforming the way we teach or publish our research, requires that librarians have the time and freedom to immerse ourselves--to ponder, reflect, understand and eventually produce. [....] Sabbaticals will enable librarians to more fully contribute to the research and teaching missions of the university.”   “Over the course of … Continue reading Why Sabbatical Leave rights matter

The Janus decision leads to stiff spines

Today was a tough day for all of us. We all knew the Janus decision was coming, but when it was combined with the gut punch of Kennedy’s retirement announcement… well, it’s pretty tough to swallow. But then, the messages of strength and defiance started to come out from our brothers and sisters. From the … Continue reading The Janus decision leads to stiff spines

Getting into the Bargaining Rhythm: Round Three of Bargaining Meetings to be Held on June 19 at UC Davis

On Tuesday, June 19 UC Davis welcomes the UC-AFT Librarian Bargaining Table Team and its allies to its third meeting of contract negotiations. UC-AFT's theme for the day will be academic status, centering on articles that impact how we, as academics, do our work. To support our ability to be academic appointments issues such as flexibility of work, … Continue reading Getting into the Bargaining Rhythm: Round Three of Bargaining Meetings to be Held on June 19 at UC Davis

Gearing Up for T-shirt Thursdays

Thursdays have been designated as Unit 17 Statewide Visibility Day - also know as "T-shirt Thursday." Display solidarity and join UC librarians across the state by gearing up in your union t-shirts and/or buttons, starting this Thursday, June 7.  If this Thursday is too late to get it started on your campus, shoot for next … Continue reading Gearing Up for T-shirt Thursdays

Our Struggle Is One

UC librarians are working for a fair contract that includes recognition of the role of academic freedom in allowing us to carry out the teaching and research mission of the UC. In talking about that, we have sometimes used careless language implying that we don't value our library staff colleagues and their contributions to our … Continue reading Our Struggle Is One