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We've recently launched the #TurnOutForWhat campaign on Twitter and Tumblr. People across the country are sharing why they're turning out to the polls on Nov. 4.


 

"We're still very much in the fight for a better tomorrow and now is not the time to give up. I want to be able to tell future generations that I did my best to protect their basic right to vote."


 

Senator Warren has a message for AFSCME members. While Senator Warren is not on a ballot this November, she reminds us why it’s so important that we get out to vote this fall.


 

We will never forget.


 

In a rousing keynote address at AFSCME's 41st International Convention in Chicago, Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes told the assembled delegates that unions do make a difference. Click through to watch the video highlights.


 

The New York City Comptroller filed the following action against Queens Borough Public Library. Read more >>>

Economic Bargaining Update May 27, 2014

At last night's DC 37 Delegates meeting, DC 37's Research and Negotiations told the delegation that our bargaining committee, comprised of the Local Presidents, is meeting on June 3, 2014 to finalize our demands for upcoming bargaining with the City.

On November 6, 1997, the Union and Administration signed our October 1, 1996 to September 30, 1999 contract.  After many false starts, failed bargaining sessions, changes in key personnel and layoffs, we now have a complete contract that incorporates the side letters and stipulations the Union and Administration have agreed to since 1999. Read more >>>

In 1997 Peter Benjaminson wrote Secret Police: Inside the New York City Department of Investigation.  His chapter "Cooking the Books: Corruption at the Library" describes the Queens Library's opaque use of funds in the early 1990s. Over two decades later, New York City tax payers and Queens Library users are still unclear how our tax dollars are spent.

On March 11, 2014, NYC Council's Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations held its hearing on Mayor de Blasio's FY '15 Executive Budget. Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and Queens Library executives testified that in addition to the Mayor's proposal, the three systems need $65 million more to hire the necessary staff to provide six day service in all branches and seven day service in some. The Unions representing the Libraries' unionized workforce testified in support of this funding level, and request that the City Council impose oversight, transparency and control of city funds.

Our customers deserve and need more Library services. With more money and oversight, Local 1321 members can do that.

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The following contains information regarding the contracting out of custodial work at the Queens Library.

On Friday November 8, the Local, with assistance from DC 37’s Legal Department, filed an Improper Practice, on next page, with the New York State Public Employee Relations Board. We filed this because of the Administration’s repeated violations of our contract and New York State labor law throughout their contracting out of custodial work. Read more >>>

In a strongly worded letter, see next page, to Borough President Helen Marshall and Queens Library President/CEO Thomas Galante, State Senator Jose Peralta strongly supports the continued use of union custodians to clean Queens Library branches and condemns the use of contract custodians.  Queens Library Guild, Local 1321 members thank State Senator Peralta for his support. Read more >>>

In a recent letter, Council Member Daniel Dromm expressed his opposition of the Queens Library's contracting out of custodial work. Queens Library Guild, Local 1321 greatly appreciates Council Member Dromm's strong support of our union.  Follow the link to see the letter. Read more >>>

Stop Contracting Out of Custodial Work at Queens Central Library!

The Queens Library Administration in April hired a private company to clean the Central Library. The Library Administration refuses to hire union custodial workers, using the bogus claim that the city hasn’t provided enough money.

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Local 1321's Executive Board 2013-2016

 On Thursday June 27, 2013, Queens Library Guild/Local 1321 Members completed the election of their Executive Board to serve the 2013-2016 term. The following are the new members of the Executive Board.

President - John Hyslop, (unopposed)
Executive Vice-President - Margaret Gibson, Senior Librarian III, East Elmhurst Community Library, (unopposed)
Vice President, Clerical - Roma Ramdhan, Office Associate II, Catalog Division, (unopposed)
Vice President, Librarian - Kacper Jarecki, Supervising Librarian, Seaside Community Library, (unopposed)
Vice President, Blue Collar - Thomas Wynn, Assistant Library Custodian, Central Library (contested)
Vice President, Non-Librarian Professionals and Technical - Kyle Douglas, Computer Technician, Central Library, (contested)
Clerical Representative - Barbara Halloway, Customer Service Representative, Queens Village Community Library, (unopposed)
Librarian Representative - Elizabeth “Pat” Eshun, Supervising Librarian, Rosedale Community Library, (unopposed)
Blue Collar Representative - Michael “Mike” Nooney, Maintainer, Maintenance, (unopposed)
Delegates - Michael Wong, Senior Librarian, Broadway Community Library; Dorrett Hextall, Customer Service Supervisor, Central Library Circulation; Nazima Mohammed, Customer Service Supervisor, Forest Hills Community Library; Deborah Wynn, Junior Library Custodian, Kew Gardens Hills Community Library, (contested)
Trustees - Linda Bannerman-Martin, Langston Hughes Community Library; Sharon Diamond-Velox, Lefrak City Community Library; Kerline Piedra, Forest Hills Community Library (unopposed)

The Executive Board is proud to have your vote and will represent you to the best of our abilities. Thank you.

The members of Brooklyn Public Library Guild, New York Public Library Guild, Quasi Public Workers (NYPL blue collar employees) and Queens Library Guild are embarking on a campaign to pass baseline funding legislation. This legislation will end the broken annual budget process that has made the libraries’ budgets political fodder.

For over ten years, each year, the mayor has proposed budgets that are drastically less than the budget the libraries received the year before. For the majority of those years, the City Council restored either the same or more than what the libraries received the previous year. But, for the past few years the City Council has been unable to restore enough money to prevent the loss of millions of dollars and hundreds of our co-workers. What’s more, these cuts have occurred when library usage is at an all time high.

This constant destructive and dispiriting budget uncertainty has put an incredible strain on everyone who works for the libraries. Therefore, to put an end to this broken and morale-killing budget process, DC 37, Locals 374, 1321, 1482 and 1930 have created the following legislation that would “baseline” library funding, establishing a floor so the city’s three libraries systems will receive a guaranteed level of funding year-to-year.

Effective [date], a sum representing two and one-half percent (2.5%) of the real property tax levy assessed each fiscal year shall be dedicated to the operation and maintenance of the libraries systems.

For this to succeed, you need to become an advocate. We urge you to join with your co-workers to spread the message to your public and elected officials. Our voices must be heard. We will be introducing strategies throughout the campaign for you to participate, including online activism, rallies, and other campaign actions. Enclosed is an FAQ that explains the legislative and budget processes and should help make us all better advocates.

Baseline funding legislation will ensure New York Cities’ libraries receive adequate and steady funded so that every library user can enjoy our great services. For this campaign to be a success, we all need to do our part. We need to educate our patrons and elected officials. For the sake of New York Cities’ libraries, please help pass baseline funding legislation.

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Locals 374, 1321, 1482 and 1930 and DC 37 are embarking on our campaign to baseline library funding.  Our libraries need real budget reform because every year the Mayor proposes drastic budget cuts and the City Council restores them.  Meanwhile, Library supporters and staff spend months wondering what will the Libraries do next year.  Read more >>>

Oversight - Recovery Efforts of the City’s Libraries and Cultural Establishments

Queens Library President/CEO Tom Galante, Lauren Comito, ULU and President John Hyslop along with our counterparts at BPL and NYPL testified today at the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations and Select Committee on Libraries. The Council's website says we can view it here.

When you get a moment, thank the Council Members on the Committee:
Chairman Jimmy Van Bramer, 718-383-9566, 
Chairman Vincent Gentile, 718-748-5200
Council Member Leroy Comrie, 718-776-3700, 
Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, 718-366-3900
Council Member Inez Dickens, 212-678-4505
Council Member Daniel Dromm, 718-803-6373
Council Member Andy King, 718-684-5509
Council Member Domenic Recchia, 718-373-9673
 

On November 6, 1997, the Union and Administration signed our October 1, 1996 to September 30, 1999 contract. After many false starts, failed bargaining sessions, changes in key personnel and layoffs, we will soon have a complete contract that incorporates the side letters and stipulations the Union and Administration have agreed to since 1999. Until the revised contract is complete, we have included the side letters and stipulations on our website. Read more >>>

Members of Local 1321 of District Council 37 and concerned patrons of the Queens Borough Public Library have filed a lawsuit in Queens County Court to obtain copies of the library’s Board of Trustees’ minutes.  Follow the link to the lawsuit. Read more >>>

 Local 1321 created an overview of some of of the questions and issues members should consider before they retire.  Follow the link to download the helpful document. Read more >>>

Be informed!

Go to http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx?Mode=Today search for "libraries", select "this year" from the menu, click on Search Calendar and click on any of the videos on the right column to see testimonies of and questions from City Councilmembers for the 3 New York library systems. Among the topics of recent discussions include layoffs, funding, new services in the systems, and much more.

Queens Library Guild, Local 1321 members and their partners fought to save New York City's libraries. Our advocacy campaign convinced our politicians that this city's libraries are an essential service and we needed full restoration. The Queens Library staff throughout Queens made a tremendous effort to advocate for their libraries. We held rallies, petition and postcard signing events, read-ins, hugs and other creative events.

The Center for Urban Future’s Branches of Opportunity, details how New York City’s libraries are utilized, that they are under-funded and continuing budget cuts have not kept pace with customers’ growing needs. Read more >>>

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