|Local 1321 Queens Library Guild|
When I heard about the death of Maria Fernandes, an exhausted worker who died while napping in her car between two of her four jobs, I felt an immense sadness that quickly turned to anger.
We will never forget.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, Medicare costs aren’t a budget buster. The nonpartisan budget scorekeeper, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), reported last week that Medicare spending is declining.
In case you missed it, we put together a very short video of Sen. Mitch McConnell and the secret audio of his remarks to a group of billionaire right-wing donors.
On Labor Day weekend, millions of Americans will enjoy the final stretch of summer.
It is way past time Congress understood that women's issues are not an afterthought but are of critical importance to the economic health and well-being of our nation.
We asked AFSCME members to share their talent on stage at the 41st International Convention and the results were amazing.
This November, AFSCME will work overtime to support candidates who will protect collective bargaining rights, preserve retirement security, and ensure that every American has decent health care coverage.
Read between the lines, because Charles Koch's toxic vision for our country is still evident.
Rep. Paul Ryan keeps trotting out the same old plans to shred the U.S. safety net but calls it something else. His most recent scheme to cut anti-poverty programs comes with buzzwords like “innovation” and “flexibility,” but it’s the same tired ideas.
Opponents of labor unions were rubbing their hands gleefully earlier this summer when the Supreme Court ruled that home care workers didn't have to pay "fair share" fees. But our union is a testament to the power of collective action.
Watch AFSCME member Maricruz Manzanarez's powerful story on why we need immigration reform.
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.
We kicked off the 41st International Convention in Chicago with some big news: our union is 92,155 members stronger today than it was just a few months ago. Watch highlights of Pres. Saunders' speech by clicking through.
The New York City Comptroller filed the following action against Queens Borough Public Library. Read more >>>
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that home care and child care providers members were not required to pay fair share dues.
Home care and child care workers will continue to stand up for quality care in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn.
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.
EMTs and paramedics suffer three times as many workplace injuries as the national average.
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 >>>
PayWatch Raises Awareness about Income Inequality 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.
New AFSCME campaign will grow the union by 50,000 members before the 2014 Convention in July. Read more >>>
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.Read more >>>
Last month’s employment figures are in, and things don’t look good. Read more >>>
by Olivia Sandbothe
Low-wage workers in certain federally funded jobs will see a much-needed pay increase, thanks to President Obama.Read more >>>
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.Read more >>>
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)
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.Read more >>>
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:
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 >>>
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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