Several UCSB librarians sat down with a reporter from KCSB radio to record an interview about bargaining, and they did a great job representing our bargaining effort, particularly on the salary and academic freedom issues. Give it a listen!
In less than 10 days, our Petition in support of UC Librarians and Academic Freedom has garnered over 1000 signatures. About half of the signatures are from faculty, librarians, students, staff and alumni of the University of California. The rest are from fellow librarians and faculty from around the country and across the globe – … Continue reading Academic Freedom petition exceeds 1000 signatures
UC Administration met with the UC-AFT Librarians’ Table Team for our sixth bargaining session on Tuesday, August 28th at the UC San Diego campus. In the morning there was a very strong turnout of dozens of observers, comprised mostly of Unit 17 librarians from UCSD, many staying throughout the entire session. It was noted throughout … Continue reading UC-AFT Bargaining Update #6
The Chronicle of Higher Education has posted an article about our struggle for Academic Freedom: Do College Librarians Have Academic Freedom? Amid Push, California’s ‘Will Not Be Silent’ Meanwhile, as of this writing, the petition has garnered almost 700 signatures. Now is the time to sign your name in support! Please sign the petition today.
Stirred by news that UC Administration stated that academic freedom is "not a good fit" for academic librarians, The California Conference of the American Association of University Professors (CA-AAUP) and the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) issued a Joint Letter in Support of Librarian Academic Freedom, which was sent to President Napolitano … Continue reading Faculty stand in support: CA-AAUP/CUCFA Joint Letter in Support of Librarian Academic Freedom
(Editors note: If you disagree with UC administration on this, sign our petition today!) On July 26th, The UC bargaining team responded with a flat NO to our proposal that Academic Freedom rights be included in our new contract. They decided not to put their response in writing, so we are left with only their … Continue reading UC Administration: “Academic Freedom is not a good fit for your unit.”
More attention from UCLA's Daily Bruin to the librarian bargaining effort. This time, tying the situation in UCLA Special Collections to the UC's growing taste for the corporate benefits of the gig economy. Check it out:
On July 26th, UCAFT proposed changes to Article 18 of our MOU, regarding Temporary Librarian appointments. Prior to presenting the language to the UC's bargaining team, the UC-AFT team asked five Temporary Librarians from UCLA Special Collections to give testimony on the necessity of our changes. Shira Peltzman, a potential-career librarian in Special Collections, was … Continue reading UCLA Special Collections’ Temporary Librarians speak out at the bargaining table
The Daily Bruin has posted a story about yesterday's bargaining session at UCLA:
American Libraries published the story below this week about the overall impact of the Janus decision on library unions. Not only is it worth reading, it quotes me talking about UC-AFT's reaction to the situation.