Rank and file appeal to the University Librarians

While our Table Team was hard at work last week hashing out the details of a hoped-for package deal, our librarians wanted to make sure that UC Library administrators understood how much these issues matter to us, and how vital this phase of negotiations is to reach a deal.  So, we drafted a letter to … Continue reading Rank and file appeal to the University Librarians

The Art of the Supposal

We've all been feeling frustrated and exasperated by UC management's negotiating tactics this week, and it can be tough to maintain the focus and determination necessary to see this through.  While we're all working hard to collectively move forward in a constructive way, it's important sometimes to stop, step back, and look at the absurdity … Continue reading The Art of the Supposal

Bargaining in San Diego? Time for a road trip!

After the February 22nd bargaining session in Santa Cruz, the message from the table team was clear: now is NOT the time to sit back. At the UCLA Librarian Organizing Committee meeting days later, a group of local leaders decided to take a vacation day and drive down to UC San Diego to attend the … Continue reading Bargaining in San Diego? Time for a road trip!

UC-AFT Bargaining Update #15

We held our 15th bargaining session on March 4th, at the Geisel Library on the UC San Diego campus. We came into this session optimistic that UCOP would present 1) a formal, written salary proposal they’ve been teasing in non-committal “supposal” form since January*, and 2) reasonable responses to the five critical non-salary issues we … Continue reading UC-AFT Bargaining Update #15

UC-AFT Bargaining Update #14

We held our 14th bargaining session on February 22nd, at the UC Santa Cruz campus. We were glad to finally bring bargaining to UC Santa Cruz! Our colleagues there were wonderful and enthusiastic hosts.  Our bargaining room was decorated with Valentine’s cards to UC-AFT Librarians, which filled the room with much appreciated love. Plus, Santa … Continue reading UC-AFT Bargaining Update #14

Changing Hearts and Minds, one cupcake at a time

On Friday, February 22nd strike fund bake sales were held at both UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley. On the Santa Cruz campus as bargaining with UCOP was starting in the Humanities building at 11am, the UCSC Librarian Organizing Committee convened in the McHenry Library to take a wonderful assortment of baked goods over to … Continue reading Changing Hearts and Minds, one cupcake at a time

UC-AFT Open Letter on Academic Freedom

University administration has assembled and charged a Working Group on Privileges, Protections, Obligations and Responsibilities of Non-faculty Academic Appointees, in relation to APM-010 (Academic Freedom) and APM-015 (The Faculty Code of Conduct).  This group has asked representatives from the UC-AFT Unit 17 Librarian Bargaining Team to consult with them this week.  Ahead of that meeting, … Continue reading UC-AFT Open Letter on Academic Freedom