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E-MAIL BROADCAST OF DECEMBER 22, 2005
Subject: Guild Petitions - 1000 Signatures and going

OVER 1000 SIGNATURES have been collected by people who agree
that the Librarians' Guild should not agree to a letter that has the potential
to void the contract!

Thanks go to the efforts of librarians across the City, and highlighted
by Wendy Mcpherson with 190 signatures; and Muffy a friend in the CWA
union with over 50, and 7 Guild members who spent Monday evening at the
L.A.County Federation of Labor getting over 250 that night.

The project CONTINUES through the end of January, with petitions
revised with new dates listed and attached to this email.  If you still have
petitions, please hold on to them until the next collection information.

The impasse process is continuing with the selection and scheduling of
the factfinder soon to be determined.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF DECEMBER 13, 2005
Subject: IMPORTANT.....NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS

The Guild would like to inform Neighborhood Councils
about the contract problem we are dealing with...

If you have contacts with any councils (near your work
or home), please let us know.  If someone from 'their'
library is with us it would make our position more meaningful.
We will only take three minutes or less to explain our issue.

There are also committee meetings that are not posted on the
website, if you know of any, please let us know.

Thank you for your help(and keep getting those signatures.)

Thank you,
Roy


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF DECEMBER 12, 2005
Subject: GUILD PETITIONS and MORE

Please share with other staff and post on union bulletin
board: GUILD PETITIONS and MORE

1. The first part of the Guild petition drive has been
successful with over two hundred signatures collected at
this point….but while we collected petitions through Human
Rights Day December 10, the process is NOT done yet. We
have not heard from many agencies and we really need full
participation to make this as successful as it needs to be.
There have been over two hundred signatures collected at
this point, but if every agency collected just ten signatures
we would have over one thousand, which would make City Council
pay a lot more attention! Completed petitions can be held for
pick-up or delvered to a steward or contact person or mailed
to the Guild at 514 Shatto Place, Los Angeles 90020. Watch
for a new petition to be emailed, with the deadline date
changed, but you can continue to get signatures on the current
one if you have it. Signatures can be from friends, family,
co-workers, neighbors, groups, anyone, preferably with an
address in Los Angeles.

2. Watch for the Guild Security Survey, coming to your email
at the end of this week.

3. Everyone is invited to the Guild Annual Installation dinner
this Saturday evening December 17, at the Eagle Rock Branch.
Dinner at 7:00, installation 8:30, short meeting: MOU and
petition update, plans for 2005, and pleasant people to chat with.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF DECEMBER 5, 2005
Subject: Petition collection corrected dates

Ooops, the correct dates for sending the petitions to order
meeting are Tuesday Dec 6 and Wed. Dec. 7.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF DECEMBER 5, 2005
Subject: LG Petition collection information

Please post on the union bulletin board… LIBRARIANS’
GUILD PETITION DRIVE UPDATE—sending the petitions.
There are several ways that the signatures that you have
collected can be returned to the Guild:

1. Gather them from everyone at the agency by Tuesday,
December 9, put them into an envelope and ask the Senior
or Librarian-in-charge to take them to Order Meeting on
December 10, and give them to Roy Stone, at break time.

2. Contact the steward or contact person for your area and
see if he/she can pick them up, or ask when you can drop
them off.

3. Send them by U.S. Mail to Librarians’ Guild 514 Shatto
Place, Los Angeles, 90020 Please note that this is the first
collection…the petitions should still be filled and gathered
from family, religious groups, friends, family, organizations,
etc. There will be an additional collection in early January.

Please post on the union bulletin board…

LIBRARIANS’ GUILD PETITION DRIVE UPDATE
—sending the petitions

There are several ways that the signatures that you have collected can be
returned to the Guild:
1. Gather them from everyone at the agency by Tuesday, December 9, put
them into an envelope and ask the Senior or Librarian-in-charge to take
them to Order Meeting on December 10, and give them to Roy Stone, at
break time.

2. Contact the steward or contact person for your area and see if he/she can
pick them up, or ask when you can drop them off.

3. Send them by U.S. Mail to Librarians’ Guild 514 Shatto Place, Los
Angeles, 90020

Please note that this is the first collection…the petitions should still be filled and
gathered from family, religious groups, friends, family, organizations, etc. There will
be an additional collection in early January.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF DECEMBER 3, 2005
Subject: Guild Membership Holiday Invitation

PLEASE PRINT, DISTRIBUTE AND POST THE ATTACHMENT.
THANK YOU

The pleasure of your company
is requested at the

LIBRARIANS’ GUILD
ANNUAL END-OF-THE-YEAR DINNER
and
BOARD INSTALLATION

Saturday, December 17, 2005
Eagle Rock Branch
5027 Caspar Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041
323-258-8079 (staff)

Social Gathering  6:30 p.m.
Dinner  7:00 p.m.
Installation  8:30 p.m.

Guild Members, new LAPL Librarians,
Interns and Library School Students
are welcome
Please RSVP by December 13
to librariansguild@hotmail.com
with number attending and if you prefer a
vegetarian entree

PLEASE PRINT, DISTRIBUTE AND POST

The pleasure of your company

is requested at the

Librarians’ Guild

ANNUAL END-OF-THE-YEAR DINNER

and
BOARD INSTALLATION

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Eagle Rock Branch

5027 Caspar Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90041

323-258-8079 (staff)

Social Gathering 6:30 p.m.

Dinner 7:00 p.m.

Installation 8:30 p.m.

Guild Members, new LAPL Librarians, Interns and Library School Students

are welcome

Please RSVP by December 13

to librariansguild@hotmail.com

with number attending and if you prefer a vegetarian entree


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF NOVEMBER 29, 2005
Subject: Half-time employees accrual of extra vacation time

Recently, the Librarians' Guild sent email notices regarding
the allocation of the extra vacation time that half-time
employees earn when working extra-time.  The Guild was informed
today that the accrual is expected to be on the next pay check.
So, be sure that any half-time library workers that you know,
or work with, are aware of this and that they are not at their
maximum vacation accrual.

The Librarians' Guild


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF NOVEMBER 21, 2005
Subject: Contract petition - rich text format

Attached is the rich text format of the petition to gather
signatures for lobbying City Council about our contract.
The previous email has more information.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF NOVEMBER 21, 2005
Subject: Contract Action - Petition

this time with the petition...

Dear Guild Member,

We are asking ALL librarians to circulate the attached
petition among co-workers, friends, family, etc.  We believe
that the library community will support us in this fight
after reading the petition.  The support of any groups or
organizations that you belong to should also be sought. 
Of course, this is to be done on your own time(breaks, lunch),
preferably outside the agency.

It is imperative that we all participate so that we can put
additional pressure on the members of the City Council, all
of whom will eventually be voting on our contract.

This is for our future and our job security.  We deserve a
fair and strong contract and together we can show City Hall
that we will fight for our rights.
-----------------
The instructions on returning the petition are on the
petition.  The petition is also being sent in Rich Text
Format in a separate email.

Please be sure that there is a copy of this message and the
petition posted on the Union bulletin board.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF NOVEMBER 21, 2005
Subject:  Contract Action - Petition

Dear Guild Member,

We are asking ALL librarians to circulate the attached petition
among co-workers, friends, family, etc.  We believe that the
library community will support us in this fight after reading
the petition.  The support of any groups or organizations that
you belong to should also be sought.  Of course, this is to be
done on your own time(breaks, lunch), preferably outside the
agency.

It is imperative that we all participate so that we can put
additional pressure on the members of the City Council, all of
whom will eventually be voting on our contract.

This is for our future and our job security.  We deserve a
fair and strong contract and together we can show City Hall
that we will fight for our rights.
-----------------
The instructions on returning the petition are on the petition.
The petition is also being sent in Rich Text Format in a separate
email.

Please be sure that there is a copy of this message and the
petition posted on the Union bulletin board.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF NOVEMBER 16, 2005
Subject: Membership Meeting Announcement

Please open attachment Guild Membership Meeting Friday,
November 18 Hyde Park Branch Dinner available at 6:30
Meeting starts at 7:30 Agenda: Special election, MOU, next
step in negotiations


MEMBERSHIP MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT --email to staff

Ops! Sorry…

no contract, no raise,

no retroactive pay
Check Enclosed
Librarians’ Guild Membership Meeting

Friday, November 18, 2005

Hyde Park Branch

2205 Florence Avenue

Los Angeles

323-750-7241

Dinner - 6:30pm

Meeting - 7:30pm
Management offers contract without
re-opener letter

What’s

Next?

Guild goes to EERC Management pulls EERC rejects Guild’s
contract to include Letter of Intent re-opener letter

Your voice, your vote will determine the direction


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF NOVEMBER 16, 2005
Subject: December 24 background

Why the Libraries will be open from 10:00-12:30 on
December 24th:

At the October 6, Board of Library Commissioner’s meeting
the Librarians’ Guild asked that the Board close branches
on December 24, for the following reasons:

1.    Open hours are only 10:00-12:30;
2.    It would save the library money, requiring fewer
substitutes Monday through Friday, as well as providing better
service during that week;
3.    Facility overhead would be greatly reduced by not
opening;
4.    It is an easy way for Management to express appreciation
to the hardworking staff;
5.    It is Christmas Eve morning, Saturday;
6.    Staff will not have to ‘make-up’ time for the half-day
on Saturday;

The Commissioners decided to take this up at the following
meeting, Thursday, November 3.   The Guild highlighted the
reasons above and pointed out the minimal net loss of service
since most of the branches are not ‘busy’ on Saturdays until
after 11:00am.

Management made several incorrect and inappropriate statements:
1.  The lost circulation for the day would amount to half
of a normal Saturday;(the Guild noted that libraries would be
open to the public for two and one-half hours, not four; that
it is at the slowest part of the day, and it is Christmas Eve
which will be even less busy);
2.  Fontayne Holmes stated, “…this could set a precedent.”;
(the Guild pointed out that the Board of Library Commissioners
sets the hours and each time a request is made, the Board makes
an individual determination);
3.  Management implied that all City Departments would be open
that day; (the Guild pointed out that only emergency services
and some recreation and parks facilities  would be open and all
of City Hall would be closed for the full day);
4.  Commissioner Chick wanted assurance that “No one would want
to use the library that morning.”  before he would agree to close
the library system;
5.  Fontayne stated that among the MCLS libraries closure on the
24th was evenly mixed;  (the Guild told them that 8 out of 9 in
this area were closed; and it turns out that 19 out of 28 MCLS
library systems will be closed);

At the close of the discussion Commissioner Walters moved to
maintain service as scheduled with no change and the vote was
unanimous.

***************************************************************
Editorial comment:  The Guild Executive Board believes that
the reason this Department continues to provide excellent service
to the Los Angeles community is due to the staff who give
everything they’ve got, everyday, twelve months a year.

Why the Libraries will be open from 10:00-12:30 on December 24th:

At the October 6, Board of Library Commissioner’s meeting the Librarians’ Guild
asked that the Board close branches on December 24, for the following reasons:
1. Open hours are only 10:00-12:30;
2. It would save the library money, requiring fewer substitutes Monday through
Friday, as well as providing better service during that week;
3. Facility overhead would be greatly reduced by not opening;
4. It is an easy way for Management to express appreciation to the hardworking
staff;
5. It is Christmas Eve morning, Saturday;
6. Staff will not have to ‘make-up’ time for the half-day on Saturday;

The Commissioners decided to take this up at the following meeting, Thursday,
November 3. The Guild highlighted the reasons above and pointed out the minimal
net loss of service since most of the branches are not ‘busy’ on Saturdays until
after 11:00am.

Management made several incorrect and inappropriate statements:

1. The lost circulation for the day would amount to half of a normal Saturday;
(the Guild noted that libraries would be open to the public for two and one-half
hours, not four; that it is at the slowest part of the day, and it is Christmas Eve which
will be even less busy);

2. Fontayne Holmes stated, “…this could set a precedent.”;
(the Guild pointed out that the Board of Library Commissioners sets the hours and
each time a request is made, the Board makes an individual determination);

3. Management implied that all City Departments would be open that day;

(the Guild pointed out that only emergency services and some recreation and parks
facilities would be open and all of City Hall would be closed for the full day);

4. Commissioner Chick wanted assurance that “No one would want to use the
library that morning.” before he would agree to close the library system;

5. Fontayne stated that among the MCLS libraries closure on the 24th was
evenly mixed; (the Guild told them that 8 out of 9 in this area were closed; and
it turns out that 19 out of 28 MCLS library systems will be closed);

At the close of the discussion Commissioner Walters moved to maintain service
as scheduled with no change and the vote was unanimous.

************************************************************

Editorial comment: The Guild Executive Board believes that the reason this
Department continues to provide excellent service to the Los Angeles community
is due to the staff who give everything they’ve got, everyday, twelve months a year.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF NOVEMBER 14, 2005
Subject: previous negotiations update

Sorry, the line: 'Please do not discuss this publicly until
after we send another email to the members'  was supposed to
be removed before I sent the message about the EERC and our
contract situation....

There are no restictions on discussing the contract situation,
but please try to attend the Hyde Park meeting on Friday to
find out the course of action to be taken.

thank you,
roy stone


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF NOVEMBER 14, 2005

Please DO NOT discuss this publicly until after we send
another email to the members.....

At the EERC meeting on Nov 8, Cheryl Parisi and I presented
the Guild's position on our contract:

1. That we would accept the letter of the Police Protective
League on economic reopener language;

2. That we keep libraries open now without enough staff and
will be the first to sit at the table if there is an economic
emergency;

3. That none of our sister/brother unions in AFSCME care about
this issue;

The Mayor stated that no matter what happens at their meeting
they value the work we do. We left and they discussed the issue
for about twenty minutes. At the end of that we were told that
they were holding with their offer and rejecting ours. We told
Susan Harbach (CAO negotiatior) that we would be filing for
impasse. **attend the guild meeting for more details...friday,
nov. 18, hyde park**


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF NOVEMBER 8, 2005
Subject: ELECTION DAY

You probably know that there is an election TODAY....so please
remind your family, friends, and co-workers of the importance
of voting.

And just in case you forgot:  No on 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, and
Yes on 79, 80.

Your VOTE is important, please make every effort to be counted
at the ballot box.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF NOVEMBER 4, 2005
Subject:  December 24 open-yes

Unfortunately, Library Management and the Board of Library
Commissioners have refused to close the libraries on December
24. Therefore, all the branches will be open from 10:00-12:30
that Saturday. The Guild requested that the branches be open
Monday through Friday that week, closed on Saturday with staff
completing their hours without having to take vacation time or
make up time as the half day on Saturday required. Most of the
MCLS libraries will be closed Saturday the 24th. More information
about this will follow.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF OCTOBER 13, 2005
Subject: FW: [LIS Alumni]Reminder: LISAA Fall Colloquium with Ethelene
Whitmire, 10/20

This may be a good time to recruit students and support our
branch at the same time...for anyone available.


4th Annual Fall Colloquium

Assistant Professor Ethelene Whitmire
"Why do undergraduates go to the library and how do they
seek information once they get there?"

Thursday, October 20, 2005    5:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Public Library, Pio Pico -- Koreatown Branch
694 S. Oxford Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Newly appointed Assistant Professor Ethelene Whitmire will
present her research on the academic library experiences
and information seeking behavior of undergraduates.  Questions
to be answered include:  What motivates undergraduates to use
the academic library and its resources, and how do they seek
information to complete major research papers?  What is the
impact of library use on  undergraduates’ critical thinking?
What’s the impact of high school library use on college library
use?  Dr. Whitmire will  also discuss some of her research
involving diversity issues.

Please RSVP by October 18th to the GSE&IS Office of Development
& Alumni Affairs by e-mail:
<mailto:rsvp@gseis.ucla.edu>rsvp@gseis.ucla.edu
or by telephone: (310) 206-0375.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF OCTOBER 12, 2005
Subject:  EERC and Negotiations

Dear Guild Member,

I had expected to be informing you that our contract was
well on its way to completion; that is how it was supposed
to be.

But instead our issue was caught in another tie vote
and the decision postponed until the next EERC meeting in
two weeks. It was extremely disappointing and frustrating
to Cheryl Parisi, Maureen Douglas and myself…and, of course,
all of you.

After the meeting we had some private talks with
key officials, and have begun planning for the next time.

Roy Stone President

E-MAIL BROADCAST OF OCTOBER 8, 2005
Subject: MEMBERSHIP MEETING

REMINDER---LIBRARIANS' GUILD GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
FRIDAY OCTOBER 14, Chatsworth Branch 7:30, dinner at 6:18.

This will be the NOMINATIONS for Guild Officers for 2006
meeting, so if you want to participate get nominated and
help out.  Also find out if we are any closer to getting a
contract; learn about the election. and have dinner with
some old friends.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF OCTOBER 3, 2005
Subject: Guild MEETINGS and another

1. EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING - THURSDAY, OCT 6, 7:00,
dinner at 6:15; 514 Shatto Pl, 3rd floor.

2. GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING - FRIDAY, OCT 14, 7:30,
dinner at 6:15, Chatsworth Branch. EXECUTIVE BOARD
NOMINATIONS; STATE ELECTION, CONTRACT(?)

3. UCLA 4th Annual Fall Colloquium - Thursday, October 20,
2005, 5:30 p.m. Pio Pico-Koreatown Branch 694 S. Oxford Av.
"Why do undergraduates go to the library and how do they
seek information once they get there?"


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2005
Subject:     Professional Concerns Meeting Cancelled

The Professional Concerns Meeting scheduled for Oct. 2 is postponed.  
The next meeting will be scheduled in November; we will send an email as
soon as the date and location is confirmed.  If there are issues that you are
aware of please email the Guild.

E-MAIL BROADCAST OF SEPTEMBER 29, 2005
Subject:     NOVEMBER ELECTION

PLEASE OPEN THE ATTACHED AND POST IT AND SHARE IT
WITH ALLLLLL STAFF,
EVERY VOTE IS CRITICAL IN THE ELECTION.

PLEASE POST AND SHARE WITH CO-WORKERS

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NOVEMBER 8, ELECTION TO ALL
OF US AND VOTING RECOMMENDATIONS….

Proposition 74….currently there is a two year probationary period for
teachers, this

NO   changes it to a 5 year period allowing for dismissal without a hearing;

      teachers currently can be fired at anytime if they do not perform in the

classroom; this continues putting the blame on public employees for… everything
wrong in our society.

Proposition 75….this will require all public employee union members to sign a
written

NO  form every year to allow part of their dues to be used for political

            activities; this proposal is to limit union members from participating in the

            political process and is the first step to attack and reduce our pensions,

            planned for the June 2006 election.

Proposition 76….allows the Governor to cut funding for education, police,
fire, health

NO   care, and other vital services. It eliminates Prop. 98 funding guaranteed

            for education.

Proposition 77….lets three retired judges redistrict the entire state and
requires it to be

NO  done immediately, using outdated census data. While a fair redistricting

            plan would be a fine thing, this falls far short of being unbiased and fair.

Proposition 78….allows drug companies to ‘voluntarily’ reduce prices and was
put on the

NO  ballot by the drug companies to confuse voters about Proposition 79.

      Drug companies are the sponsors and have spent many millions to defeat

      Prop 79.

Proposition 79….requires drug manufacturers to participate in a drug discount
program

YES to provide affordable prescription drugs for seniors, families, small

            business; uses the state’s purchasing power to negotiate discounts.

Proposition 80….guarantees a stable and reliable electric system, encourage the
use of

YES renewable resources, provides affordable electricity, prevents

            blackouts, and the fraud by unregulated energy producers.

THIS IS A CRITICAL ELECTION THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO
NEGATIVELY AFFECT OUR WORK LIFE AND PRIVATE LIFE.
PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR FAMILY,
FRIENDS, AND CO-WORKERS. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT UNION
MEMBERS MAKE THEIR VOICE HEARD AT THE BALLOT BOX.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

74-NO, 75-NO, 76-NO, 77-NO, 78-NO, 79-YES, 80-YES


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF SEPTEMBER 28, 2005
Subject:     Contract Update

The current information is attached and below...


Guild Contract(MOU) UPDATE

There was a negotiation session on September 22, which served to verify
that the Guild’s position and CAO’s position had not changed.  The CAO told
us the issue would be brought back to the EERC October 11th, because it
was too late to get on the agenda for the next meeting.

Cheryl Parisi, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 36 called the City
Administrative Officer, on our behalf, who told her that he would
recommend our issue at the next EERC meeting on Sept. 27.

We hoped that there would be a successful resolution at that meeting,
but that did not occur.  This was partially due to the fact that the Mayor
had to leave the meeting early to attend jury duty.  Three votes are needed
for any recommendation and there was not a quorum at that point.

We will be placed on the agenda of the next EERC meeting, October 11th.

We will keep you updated.


*members of the EERC:  Mayor, President City Council/Alex Padilla,
President Pro-Tem/Wendy Gruel, Chair of Budget and Finance Committee/
Bernard Parks, Chair of Personnel Committee/Dennis Zine


Guild Contract(MOU) UPDATE

There was a negotiation session on September 22, which served to verify
that the Guild’s position and CAO’s position had not changed. The CAO
told us the issue would be brought back to the EERC October 11th, because
it was too late to get on the agenda for the next meeting.

Cheryl Parisi, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 36 called the City
Administrative Officer, on our behalf, who told her that he would recommend
our issue at the next EERC meeting on Sept. 27.

We hoped that there would be a successful resolution at that meeting, but that
did not occur. This was partially due to the fact that the Mayor had to leave the
meeting early to attend jury duty and Councilman Zine was not present. Three
votes are needed for any recommendation.

We will be placed on the agenda of the next EERC meeting, October 11th.

We will keep you updated.

*members of the EERC: Mayor, President City Council/Alex Padilla, President
Pro-Tem/Wendy Gruel, Chair of Budget and Finance Committee/Bernard Parks,
Chair of Personnel Committee/Dennis Zine

E-MAIL BROADCAST OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2005
Subject:     Guild Notice-convention delegates election

MEETING NOTICE—The next membership meeting is on Friday, September 16,
at the Cahuenga Branch…dinner at 6:17, meeting at 7:31.

Agenda:
1.  ELECTION of DELEGATES to the Council 36 Convention which
will be held October 15 and 16 at the Anaheim Hilton.
2.  Willie Pelote, AFSCME State Legislative Director- update on state politics and
legislation.  
3.  Our contract- if or when?

E-MAIL BROADCAST OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2005
Subject:     LABOR DAY EVENT a few details

sorry...I left out this information:

...the parade area is in Wilmington and begins at Broad and 'E' Street,
the march takes place along Avalon Blvd. to 'M' Street to Banning Park.

...exit the Harbor Freeway at the Anaheim Blvd. street exit, pass
Avalon Blvd. and park.

E-MAIL BROADCAST OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2005
Subject:     LABOR DAY PARADE MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5,

LABOR DAY EVENT

March for economic justice, for working families and for OUR CONTRACT!

Monday, September 5, -- meet near the start of the March on ‘E’ street
by 9:30a.m. for the 10:00 a.m. start, and enjoy the hot dog barbecue and
entertainment following.  Wear a Guild shirt or an AFSCME shirt (or any
green shirt.)

You can walk the short route or ride in Maureen Douglas’s gray pick-up
truck…please reply to this email if you are planning to attend, call
213/703-7100 if you can’t find the Guild banner and the gray truck.  
There is no way to know where the Guild will be in the march, so if you don’t
find us or the phone doesn’t work stand along the parade route and enjoy the
other marchers until we come along.

Parking is in small lots and in the residential streets in the area,
but many streets are closed off for the parade, and it is not easy to get
to the beginning of the parade area.
…therefore, it is easier to park on the side streets near Banning Park
and then your car will be closer at the end of the rally!

E-MAIL BROADCAST OF AUGUST 31, 2005
Subject:     LABOR DAY

LIBRARIANS' GUILD members are invited to attend the annual LABOR DAY
PARADE, RALLY AND PICNIC on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5; gather
around 9:30 at the start of the parade area(see directions below); march the short
route with other Guild members and the Guild banner and enjoy a free barbecue
in the park.

*** Celebrate Labor Day *** Honor the Working Men and Women of Los
Angeles County***
***be part of the Kick-Off of the Campaign to Stop the Anti-worker
Initiatives and Elect Working Families Candidates***MARCH FOR OUR
CONTRACT!***

Please reply to this email to RSVP or for more information.

Directons:  take the 110 Harbor Freeway south, exit C Street.Turn right
on Figueroa St. Turn left on Harry Bridges Blvd. Turn left on Broad St and
go North to E Street.  Find the beginning of the route; and call
213/703-7100 to find the other Guild members.

E-MAIL BROADCAST OF AUGUST 25, 2005
Subject:     Professional concerns meeting

There is a PROFESSIONAL CONCERNS Meeting this Sunday, August 28,
from 5:00 -7:00 at the Union HQ 514 Shatto Place

(1 bl w. of Vermont, 1/2 block n. of 6th st.)  enter 18151 on the key
pad in the driveway to park and take the elevator to the third floor.  Please
reply to this email if you are planning to attend, thank you.  All librarians
are invited to attend and bring an issue or problem.

E-MAIL BROADCAST OF AUGUST 22, 2005
Subject:     California Campaign

Dear Guild Member,

The Guild has been asked to send some members to attend this important
meeting; if you are available for all or any part of the day, please
reply to this email....special traing this saturday 8/27/05 at the Hacienda
Hotel on Sepuleveda Bld near LAX.

Thank you,
Roy



AFSCME 2005 CALIFORNIA PROJECT
Staff Orientation Conference
Los Angeles, CA – August 27, 2005


10:00 a.m.    Welcome & Introductions

10:15 a.m.    2005 California Campaign: Structure, Goals, Roles (Adam
Acosta, Willie Pelote)

11:00 a.m.    The Ballot Challenge: Initiatives & Players (Josh Golka)

12:30 p.m.    Lunch

1:45 p.m.    Talking Politics With Our Members/Gaining Their Trust (Gerry
Fidler)

2:45 p.m.    ACE Database Training (Sean Hinga)

4:15 p.m.    Break

4:30 p.m.    Volunteers: Finding, Managing and Retaining Them (Lori
Ortega)

5:30 p.m.    Staff Logistics (Willie Pelote)

6:00 p.m.    Adjourn


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF AUGUST 17, 2005
Subject:     Negotiations Update

Dear Librarians Guild Member,

The meeting with Bernard Rohrbacher, the Guild lawyer working on our
contract issues, took place on Friday, August 12, at the Council 36 HQ,
with Cheryl Parisi, Maureen Douglas and me.  Bernard believes that there is
a serious problem with the City’s proposed language on the Economic
Emergency Letter and that the Guild should continue to fight to change the
language.   He recommends that we go back to the negotiating table for one
more meeting.   Depending on the outcome there are several opitions to deal
with our situation at that point.

We will be scheduling that meeting soon.

Roy Stone

E-MAIL BROADCAST OF AUGUST 10, 2005
Subject:     Report on Job Action #1 July 25 - 29, Job Action #2 Aug 1 - 5

If you haven't already emailed or faxed your results of the job
actions, please do so sometime today. The Executive Board meets today,
Thursday and will be discussing our next plan of action.

Thanks,
RS

Agency Coordinators and Group Leaders,

We would like to have an idea of how Job Action #1 performed. Job
Action #2 will run from August 1 - 5. There are tentative plans for two more job
actions depending on responses/activity from City Council, EERC and/or
CAO's office.

Agency Coordinators - Please send your agency/department activity
report to your Group Leader.

Group Leaders - Please forward your activity report to the Guild.

You can send the information by email or fax a summary sheet to
323-290-3515.

Thank you for your assistance and participation in this important Guild
contract issue.

Roy Stone,
President

E-MAIL BROADCAST OF AUGUST 4, 2005
Subject:     FW: Report on Job Action #1 during Week of July 25 - 29

Sorry this was delayed due to technical problems...I had the wrong
email address.

vf

Subject: Report on Job Action #1 during Week of July 25 - 29
Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2005 10:04:43 -0700

Agency Coordinators and Group Leaders,

We would like to have an idea of how Job Action #1 performed. Job
Action #2 will run from August 1 - 5. There are tentative plans for two
more job actions depending on responses/activity from City Council,
EERC and/or CAO's office.

Agency Coordinators - Please send your agency/department activity
report to your Group Leader.

Group Leaders - Please forward your activity report to the Guild.

Thank you for your assistance and participation in this important Guild
contract issue.

Roy Stone,
President

E-MAIL BROADCAST OF AUGUST 2, 2005
Subject:     candidate forum IMPORTANT and TWO more

The Guild really needs to have people attend these....

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, CANDIDATES FORUM for the City Council
10th and 14th districts; dinner from 5:00 candidates begin at 6:00, Co.
36 HQ 514 Shatto Place, third floor; 1 bl. N of Wilshire, 1 bl E. of Vermont.
If you cannot attend but have some interesting questions that should be asked,
especially related to libraries, please send them to the Guild hotmail address.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 8:30a.m. -6:00p.m. AFSCME IN THE 21ST
CENTURY: how unions can be more effective, protecting rights, the future
of Local 2626 and Council 36...Anaheim Hilton (Avila Room) 777 Convention
Way.  This is an important time to be part of this important discussion.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 9:30-12:30 LABOR SOLIDARITY MARCH,
the annual Labor Day Parade, rally and picnic in Wilmington will be the start of
the formal campaign against the anti-worker ballot measures on the ballot in the
November election.  We have had a Guild contingent for the past several
years, it is a fun event, good entertainment, hotdogs, interesting people; carpools
can be arranged.

Please let the Guild know of your intention to participate in any of
these.

E-MAIL BROADCAST OF AUGUST 1, 2005
Subject:     Job Action Aug 1-5 Attachment

Here is the attachment that was missing from the first email.

rs

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

JOB ACTION for the week of August 1 – 5, 2005

Librarians' Guild

AFSCME Local 2626
Job Action Aug 1-5, 2005
E-MAIL or SNAIL-MAIL LETTERS
to City Council Member Padilla,
Councilperson for your branch district and
Councilperson for your home district
Aug 1 – 5, 2005

Sample e-mail letter….feel free to alter it

Dear Councilperson Padilla,

I am following up my telephone call to your office last week with this letter.

I know that you are very concerned about library service to the Los Angeles
Community and that is why I am writing to you today. I am a librarian working
for the City of Los Angeles but working without a current contract. The attorney
for the Librarians’ Guild has advised us that the language in Management’s
economic re-opener letter would make the contract meaningless. The Guild has
proposed alternate language that would be equitable for both Management and
the dedicated librarians who have always worked with Management during difficult
times.

I hope that you will give serious consideration to this problem and help us
resolve it.

Sincerely,

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Librarians' Guild
AFSCME Local 2626
Job Action Aug 1-5, 2005
Important background information:
Economic emergency letter

There are three paragraphs in the side letter that deal with the economic reopener,
with two sentences that are the real problem, because they allow the City to
complete the negotiation process, essentially on its own terms. See the underlined
text in no. 1.

1. The Management language:

“In the event the Mayor and City Council declare an economic emergency the
parties agree to immediately begin to meet and confer to address possible
measures to help ameliorate the fiscal crisis. If, following a 90-day period, the
parties are unable to reach agreement the meet and confer process shall be
deemed to have been completed. The impasse shall be presented to the City
Council for final determination.”

2. The language submitted by the Guild:

“In the event the Mayor and City Council declare an economic emergency the
parties agree to immediately begin to meet and confer to address possible
measures to help ameliorate the fiscal crisis. The re-opener and discussion of
MOU issues in no way obligates the parties to make changes to the MOU
unless agreement is reached.”

The Guild has a long history of keeping libraries open and of working with
Management during difficult times, as most of you are aware. There is no
question that during an economic emergency we would be the first to work
with the City to save jobs and keep libraries open. The language underlined in
no. 2 above is from Police and Fire Department contracts.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

If you are in the 10th and 14th Districts email the district where the regional
libraries are located since there is no current City Council person…
If you do not live in the City email the council district of your agency
Ask friends and family to email on our behalf


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF AUGUST 1, 2005
Subject:     Job Action Aug 1 - 5

To all Librarians:

Thank you for making calls last week to City Councilmembers. This
week's Job Action is sending letters by e-mail or snail-mail. The attached
information (also incLuded below) is to assist you in this job action.

Be sure to contact your Agency Coordinator when you receive a response
from the councilperson's office staff. It is important that we have some
record as to which councilmembers are receptive to our cause, which ones
have no idea of what is going on with our contract and which ones want to
maintain a "hands off" approach.

Your participation in this activity is an integral part of the Guild's
efforts to resolve our contract negotiations and bring them to a
successful conclusion.  I thank you for your efforts in this very tough fight.

Roy Stone
President


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

JOB ACTION for the week of August 1 – 5, 2005

Librarians' Guild
AFSCME Local 2626
Job Action Aug 1-5, 2005


E-MAIL or SNAIL-MAIL LETTERS
to City Council Member Padilla,
Council member for the branch district and
Council member for your home district
Aug 1 – 5, 2005

Sample letter….feel free to alter it

Dear Councilperson Padilla,

I am following up my telephone call to your office last week with this
letter.

I know that you are very concerned about library service to the Los
Angeles Community and that is why I am writing to you today.  I am a
librarian working for the City of Los Angeles but working without a current
contract.
 
The attorney for the Librarians’ Guild has advised us that the language
in Management’s economic re-opener letter would make the contract
meaningless.  The Guild has proposed alternate language that would be equitable
for both Management and the dedicated librarians who have always worked with
Management during difficult times.

I hope that you will give serious consideration to this problem and
help us resolve it.

Sincerely,


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


Librarians' Guild
AFSCME Local 2626
Job Action Aug 1-5, 2005

Important background information:
Economic emergency letter
There are three paragraphs in the side letter that deal with the
economic reopener, with two sentences that are the real problem, because
they allow the City to complete the negotiation process, essentially on its
own terms.  See the underlined text in no. 1.

1.    The Management language:

“In the event the Mayor and City Council declare an economic emergency
the parties agree to immediately begin to meet and confer to address
possible measures to help ameliorate the fiscal crisis.  If, following a 90-day
period, the parties are unable to reach agreement the meet and confer
process shall be deemed to have been completed.  The impasse shall be
presented to the City Council for final determination.”


   2.  The language submitted by the Guild:

“In the event the Mayor and City Council declare an economic emergency
the parties agree to immediately begin to meet and confer to address
possible measures to help ameliorate the fiscal crisis.  The re-opener and
discussion of MOU issues in no way obligates the parties to make changes to
the MOU unless agreement is reached.”

The Guild has a long history of keeping libraries open and of working
with Management during difficult times, as most of you are aware.  There is
no question that during an economic emergency we would be the first to
work with the City to save jobs and keep libraries open. The language
underlined in no. 2 above is from Police and Fire Department contracts.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

If you are in the 10th and 14th Districts email the district
where the regional libraries are located since there is no current City
Council person…

If you do not live in the City email the council district of your
agency     Ask friends and family to email on our behalf


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JULY 28, 2005
Subject:     Important Events

There are two very important events that the Guild needs people to
attend.  If you have to lose  work time the Guild will pay for any lost time....

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, CANDIDATES FORUM for the City Council
10th and 14th districts; dinner from 5:00 candidates begin at 6:00.  If you
cannot attend but have some interesting questions that should be asked,
especially related to libraries, please send them to the Guild hotmail address.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 8:30a.m. -6:00p.m. AFSCME IN THE 21ST
CENTURY: how unions can be more effective, protecting rights, the future
of Local 2626 and Council 36...Anaheim Hilton (Avila Room) 777 Convention
Way.  This is an important time to be part of this important discussion.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 9:30-12:30 LABOR SOLIDARITY MARCH,
the annual Labor Day Parade, rally and picnic in Wilmington will be the start
of the formal campaign against the anti-worker ballot measures on the ballot in
the November election.  We have had a Guild contingent for the past several
years, it is a fun event, good entertainment, hotdogs, interesting people; carpools
can be arranged.

Please let the Guild know of your intention to participate in any of these.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JULY 14, 2005

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

Librarians’ Guild Update

1. L.A. County Federation of Labor- At the delegates
meeting on June 20, our Ivan Corpeno Chavez was nominated
along with Kevin Norte of the Research Attorney’s Local
along with Martin Ludlow for the position of Secretary
Treasurer. This was done to strongly remind the County
Federation Executive Board that they need to use a democratic
process especially in elections of officers. Nothing much
happened during the following week, while Ivan and Kevin planned
their campaigns. But the next week brought phone calls and
visits from a variety of sources urging both Kevin and Ivan to
withdraw from the election. Ivan, Adam Acosta one of the AFSCME
legislative staff members and I met with Mr. Ludlow on Tuesday,
July 5, at which time we expressed all of our concerns and were
satisfied with Mr. Ludlow’s responses to all issues that we raised.
Kevin Norte had withdrawn from the election at the end of the
previous week and Ivan withdrew after the meeting.

2. PROFESSIONAL CONCERNS MEETING-The next meeting is JULY 17, at
the Union HQ, 514 Shatto Place at 5:00, 3RD floor to park enter
18151 on the key pad at the DRIVEWAY, enter the lobby and take the
elevator to the third floor.

Agenda- CENTRAL LIBRARY COLLECTION PROBLEMS(if you work at Central
and have specifics about any decline in the collection or problems
in building it PLEASE ATTEND.) We would like to have some information
and volunteers to attend the next Board of Library Commissioners meeting
to present our concerns to the Board. Recently the Board policy was
changed leaving questions about the collection development responsibilities
of Central Library. At least one member of the Board asked for examples
of whether Central Library is able to maintain an appropriate level of
development. The next Board meeting is on Thurs, July 18, at 11:00
at Central.

3. ROY STONE REASSIGNED TO FAIRFAX- until phones are installed use the
cell phone to contact him, 213/703-7100 or email, or call Verdel Flores at
Mar Vista.

4. The next membership meeting is Saturday July 23, 7:30 at the Northridge
Branch. Dinner at 6:30, enjoy an interesting meeting, old friends and find
out what is going on.

5. CONTRACT STATUS-well not much has happened; we know that many calls were
made to the members of the EERC expressing our concerns. Future actions are
in the planning stage and if you would like to volunteer please email the
Guild.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JUNE 29, 2005

Letters Sent

I have sent out letters: to the EERC expressing our dismay at their
rejection of our proposal; to Antonio saying congratulations and
please keep Fontayne; and to the CAO saying we accept their offer of
March 15,-- 0%, 2%, 2% and no economic emergency letter.

We may get some interesting responses back, or not.

And please make those important calls to the EERC members.

Roy


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JUNE 29, 2005

CALLING EERC - JOB ACTION

REMINDER-- PLEASE CALL the members of the EERC in our JOB ACTION activity.
See previous Guild email for the details. And when you have a moment,
please send a short note to this email about your call.

Thank you,
The Executive Board.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JUNE 27, 2005

JOB ACTION TIME

DEAR GUILD MEMBERS,

IT IS TIME TO BEGIN THE FIRST OF SOME IMPORTANT JOB ACTIONS TO FIGHT
FOR A REASONABLE AND FAIR CONTRACT...PLEASE OPEN THE ATTACHMENT AND
MAKE THE CALLS!

The information is also reproduced below.

THANK YOU,

THE EXECUTIVE BOARD


NOTICE TO MEMBERS: JOB ACTION INFORMATION

At the membership meeting on June 17, it was unanimously voted to send a
letter to the members of the EERC expressing our concerns about them
rejecting our contract proposal and to direct that the Guild’s members
and their family and friends to call the EERC members to let these people
know of our great dissatisfaction and how angry we are about their lack
of concern for how hard we work and how we keep the libraries open under
very difficult conditions.

The issue: the City is demanding that a "letter of intent" be attached
to the contract stating that if an economic emergency is declared by
the Mayor and City Council and it is not resolved through negotiations
within 90 days, it will then be declared at impasse and turned over to
City Council. The Guild’s proposal included the re-opener letter but
removed the impasse statement and replaced it with language from the
Police and Fire contracts that states that if agreement is not reached
the contract will not be altered. This is a reasonable and fair way to
deal with economic problems, especially since we have a long history of
keeping libraries open and we would, of course, want to save jobs. We
are supposed to trust that they will not use their letter, but they don’t
trust us to work with them.

The problems with the City’s letter: 1. If the City Council declares the
emergency and then decides the outcome, our concerns will be ignored; 2. If
the contract is reopened all economic issues are open to discussion including
any and all issues in our contract that relate to money, i.e., salaries, health
and dental insurance plans, bonus pay, etc., etc.; 3. The City has refused
to define what an economic emergency is; 4. The City has refused to discuss
the process and procedures for making such a declaration.

The parties involved: Mayor James Hahn, Councilmembers Cindy Miscikowski, Alex
Padilla, Bernard Parks, Dennis Zine).

Below are two sample statements to assist in your calls. Calls that you make
should be made when you are off duty and from home, e.g. in the morning when
you work the late shift, meal breaks and on days off, and not using library
phones. They must hear how upset and angry you are about their mistreatment
of us. Talk as long as you would like, and feel free to mention any of the
issues listed above. Please call each one of these elected officials, and if
you work or live in their jurisdiction please tell them that, also. And feel
free to call as many times as you would like from Tuesday, June 27 through
Friday, July 1. To be successful each of these offices need to hear from a
large number of us, and our family and our friends. (Letters and emails can
also be sent, but the priority this week is keeping their phone lines busy.)

We thank you in advance for your support of this action to get a fair and
reasonable contract.


JOB ACTION: CALLS TO MAKE

James Hahn, Mayor- 213/ 978-0600
Dennis Zine Councilman 3rd District - 213/ 473-7003; (818/756-8848)
Libraries-Canoga Park, Encino-Tarzana, Platt, Woodland Hills
Alex Padilla, Councilman 7th District - 213/ 473-7007; (818/ 756-9115,
818/ 756-8409)
Libraries-Lake View Terrace, Pacoima, Sylmar
Bernard Parks, Councilman 8th District - 213/ 473-7008; (213/ 293-9467)
Libraries-Angeles Mesa, Exposition Park, Hyde Park, John Muir, Mark Twain
Cindy Miscikowski, Councilwoman 11th District - 213/ 473-7011;
(310/ 568-8772, 310/ 575-8461);
Libraries- Brentwood, Mar Vista, Playa Vista, Venice, West Valley,
Westchester
Note-the phone numbers in parentheses are the field office numbers and
should be called after you have called their City Hall office.

Suggested calling ideas for Librarians; read it a couple of times, add to it
or change it to make it your comments:

I work for the City of Los Angeles as a librarian and I am very unhappy
about Council(man/woman) ______________’s rejection of our reasonable
contract proposal. I work in a library that is extremely busy / dangerous /
filled with teenagers everyday after school without enough clerical and
other staff. I work very hard to provide excellent library service.
Council____________ refused to approve our contract with a requirement that
voids it anytime the City Council chooses. I am very unhappy / angry about
this. We think it is reasonable to have a secure contract. I want to
talk with the chief of staff about this issue (or any available deputy).


Repeat first paragraph/your comments to the deputy.


Suggested calling ideas for family, friends and patrons; read it a couple of
times, add to it or change it to make it your comments:

I think Council(man/woman) _______________ is not being fair to the
librarians by not approving their contract. Librarians work hard to
keep libraries open with minimum staffing and to provide excellent service
to our community. I don’t know what my family and I would do without my
library. And I want our librarians to have a fair and real contract. I
am really angry and upset with councilman _________ about this issue and I
want to be sure he gets this message. I want to speak with the deputy in
charge library issues or the chief of staff.

Repeat first paragraph/your comments to the deputy.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JUNE 24, 2005

FW: IMPORTANT NEGOTIATIONS INFORMATION-revised

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CORRECTION:

The amount of the additional salary increase proposed by the City is 2.25%
NOT 2.75%...therefore the correct proposal is as follows:

2. The City’s second proposal is the two previous increases with an
additional 2.25% on January 1, 2007 AND a Letter of Intent* attached to
the contract that requires the Guild to reopen negotiations if an
undefined ‘economic emergency’ is declared by the City Council and the
Mayor AND if there is no agreement after 90 days the matter will be
declared at impasse and turned over to the City Council for resolution.

(I revised and reviewed this but still missed this error...sorry, Roy)


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JUNE 23, 2005

IMPORTANT NEGOTIATIONS INFORMATION

PLEASE OPEN THE ATTACHED DOCUMENT TO LEARN ABOUT THE STATUS OF OUR CONTRACT; it is a Word Document, so it should open easily, if not it
is also represented below.


June 23, 2005

Dear Librarians' Guild Member,

Subject: Negotiations and the status of our contract

The Guild’s negotiating team has reached the end of the negotiating
process with almost all issues either resolved, or withdrawn. This
left the salary issue and the following three possible choices:

1. The City’s first proposal is a 2% increase on July 1, 2005 and 2%
on July 1, 2006;

2. The City’s second proposal is the two previous increases with an
additional 2.75% on January 1, 2007 AND a Letter of Intent* attached to
the contract that requires the Guild to reopen negotiations if an undefined
‘economic emergency’ is declared by the City Council and the Mayor AND if
there is no agreement after 90 days the matter will be declared at impasse
and turned over to the City Council for resolution;

3. The Guild’s proposal includes the additional salary and a Letter of Intent
that uses the language from the Police and Fire contracts, which states that
if there is no agreement through the negotiations process, the contract will
not be altered.

The EERC (Executive Employee Relations Committee- Mayor Hahn and Council
members Padilla, Parks, Miscikowski, and Zine) met on June 13, 2005 and
allowed the Guild to present our proposal for completing the contract
process. They did not discuss the issue with us nor ask any questions,
but later voted to reject the Guild’s reasonable proposal to deal with
the economic emergency. When we contacted the City Administrative Officer
to accept the first proposal, as directed by the membership, they chose to
engage in the illegal practice of regressive bargaining.

At the membership meeting on June 17, 2005, the situation was discussed and
a variety of choices were expressed. It was unanimously decided at that
meeting the Guild should proceed with an Unfair Labor Practice charge
against the City, communicate the membership’s direction to the EERC, and
take several job actions.

We will notify you as soon as any job action is ready to begin and ask that
you watch for Guild emails and take part.


Thank you for your support,


The Executive Board


* Two lawyers representing the Guild have made it clear that the City’s
letter has the potential to render the contract invalid.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JUNE 14, 2005

IMPORTANT CHANGES ... CONTRACT ... MEETING LOCATION

The Executive Employee Relations Committee DENIED our re-opener letter. We
will meet at the Edendale Branch instead of Canoga Park on Friday, June 17.

Please read and post the attachment.

!!!! IMPORTANT CHANGES !!!!
PLEASE READ AND POST

AFSCME Local 2626
Librarians’ Guild Membership Meeting

LAST, BEST AND FINAL MEETING CHANGE
EDENDALE BRANCH
FRIDAY JUNE 17
7:30pm

NOTE...LOCATION CHANGE

Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

AGENDA:
1) Negotiations **/NO
2) Contract **/NO

**JOB ACTION DISCUSSION**
Why
What
When

3) AFL-CIO
4) Special Election
5) Stump the Librarian: middle school boy asks, "Do you got Hatch?"
And the answer is ...

Bring a member! Bring a new member! Bring a retired member! Carpool,
it’s more fun! Agency Members, Interns and Student Librarians are welcome

This is an IMPORTANT meeting to discuss the status of the contract
negotiations and to identify those on the City Council who are NOT our
friends!


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JUNE 13, 2005

County Federation of Labor and AFL/CIO

There are a great many labor issues that are developing at this time:

1. The appointment/election of Martin Ludlow to replace Miguel Contreras
as the head of the L.A. Co. Fed. chief.

2. SEIU (service employees international union) soon to be withdrawing
from the AFL/CIO.

3. The need to maintain a unified force against attacks on working people,
especially in the government.

Please attend the COUNCIL 36 EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING Wednesday, June 15,
6:00 at Council 36 headquarters, 514 Shatto place (1 bl. No. 6th St. 1bl. E
of Vermont) 3rd floor to find out more and to add your comments and concerns.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JUNE 13, 2005

EERC MEETING LOCATION

The EERC meeting today, June 13, is located past the
City Council Chambers, at the end of the hall look for
the double doors on the right side and enter. We are
hoping to have several members in the hallway to let our
elected officials know that you are concerned. The meeting
starts at 2:00, so if you are there from 1:30-2:30 they
should get the message.

Parking is available on various lots nearby, the City
Hall Mall lot entrance is on Los Angeles Street between
Aliso and Temple. Also there is metered street parking.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JUNE 10, 2005

Membership Meeting

Don't forget...Friday, June 17, Membership meeting at Canoga
Park; complimentary dinner with this coupon.

Agenda- negotiations update, BLC meetings, hotel strikes, L.A.
County Federation of Labor issues.

Mayor Villaraigosa celebration event.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JUNE 10, 2005

MEETING NOTICE -- EERC and our contract

IMPORTANT NOTICE-

The Executive Employee Relations Committee will be meeting to
discuss the Guild’s MOU/contract on MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2:00. We
are asking that many Librarians (friends and family members also)
be at City Hall 200 N. Spring St., Mayor’s Office(3rd Floor) from
at least 1:30-2:30.

The Guild will pay for lost time parking and mileage. Wear your
green Guild or AFSCME shirt.

Watch for an e-mail on Monday with the exact location and keep
checking your email for updates on this process.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JUNE 7, 2005

TWO items or three

1. IMPORTANT NOTICE...the League of Women Voters is hosting a
community dialogue...LOCAL VOICES: CITIZEN CONVERSTATIONS ON CIVIL
LIBERTIES AND SECURE COMMUNITIES...LACC, Holmes Hall 855 N. Vermont,
Saturday JUNE 25, 9:00-2:30 (lunch will be provided); please RSVP
by June 13, 213/368-1616. The issues of civil liberties and
security, perceptions of risk, and the Patriot Act will be covered.
It is important that librarians attend this to present concerns
related to civil liberties and the right of people to use the
library. Please email the Guild if you are able to attend.

2. NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING...JUNE 17, CANOGA PARK BRANCH; good
Canogian dinner to be provided.

3. Reminder...do not sign petitions...there are many attacks on
government workers through the initiative process. The governor
has continued to denigrate municipal and state employees, so be
very wary of what you are signing.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JUNE 1, 2005

Professional Concerns Meeting

There will be a PROFESSIONAL CONCERNS meeting on Sunday, June 5,
5:00, at the Guild headquarters, 514 Shatto Place, (1 block E. of
Vermont, 1/2 block N. of 6th St.).

Enter 18151 at the keypad in the driveway to enter the parking area,
then go to the lobby and take the elevator to the third floor, follow
the hallway around to the right and look for librarians. Dinner will
be provided free for the first 75 people.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF MAY 26, 2005

Memorial services - Michelle Epstein


The memorial service for Michelle Epstein will take place Sunday,
May 29 at 6 p.m. at Valley Beth Israel, 13060 Roscoe Blvd., Sun Valley.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF MAY 13, 2005

Senior Librarian Interviews

Candidates should receive notification of their
interview dates by May 23rd.

If you do not receive an announcement by May 23rd,
contact Ed Armstrong at earmstro@lapl.org.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF MAY 13, 2005

MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING

PLEASE READ AND POST

The Librarians' Guild Membership Meeting

Saturday, May 21

7:30pm

PICO UNION BRANCH
1030 S. Alvarado St.
213-368-7545

Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm

Agenda:
Negotiations
City Election
Library Budget


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF MAY 13, 2005

ACTION DAY FOR A BETTER CALIFORNIA

PLEASE PRINT AND POST

AFSCME District Council 36 is organizing this day to
send a message to the Governor...His special interests
are NOT California's interests.

He has vowed to continue his assault on retirement funds,
nurses, teachers, firefighters, police and other public
employees. He has done nothing to strengthen education,
health care, or transportation. He IS pushing an agenda
that benefits his special interest campaign contributors
and persists in planning a special election that will
cost taxpayers $70 million.

Please join other local union members on:

Wednesday, May 25th
Pershing Square
Entertainment begins at 4:00 pm
Program begins at 5:00 pm

Come out and show the Governor who REALLY counts in
California.

E-MAIL BROADCAST OF MAY 9, 2005

Election endorsements

For those of you voting in the Tues. May 17
Los Angeles City election, the Los Angeles County
Federation of Labor recommends the following:

Mayor: James K. Hahn

Council District 11: Bill Rosendahl

Charter Amendment A: NO
(This would consolidate LAX Security with the LAPD)


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF APRIL 28, 2005

Subject: PROFESSIONAL CONCERNS meeting and PEOPLE conference

1. All librarians are invited to the next PROFESSIONAL CONCERNS
meeting on SUNDAY, MAY 1, at 5:00 at the Memorial Branch Library,
dinner will be provided. Come and share ideas about professional
issues that the Guild needs to address....including Book Ordering
Process and Procedures, and Collection Organization issues.

2. There is still time to represent the Guild in Sacramento at
the AFSCME legislative conference and lobbying day, Saturday, April 30
through Monday, May 2. Reply to this email and call Roy Stone at
the Mark Twain Branch.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF APRIL 21, 2005

Subject: Mayoral Election

The main reasons why the Librarians' Guild membership
voted at the Membership meeting in March, to endorse
the reelection of Mayor James Hahn:

He was responsible for the approval of the Guild's last
contract that provided a substantial salary increase....
he has been supportive of worker and labor issues....
he was responsible for not allowing layoffs during very
difficult budget years....he was responsible for the
effort that kept the Valley and the City together....
he has supported the library by increasing the budget
and by appointing the City Librarian Fontayne Holmes
from within LAPL....his opponent does not have a similarly
strong record of working on behalf of labor issues.

If you can spend any time walking precincts be sure to
sign-in as a member of the Librarians' Guild, AFSCME
Local 2626; SATURDAY, APRIL 23, from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m...

IBEW Local 11, 8333 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles, 90045
SEIU Local 434B, 2515 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, 90057
Campaign Office, 5518 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 90036
IBEW Local 11, 400 Chatsworth Dr., San Fernando, 91340
ILWU Local 63, 350 W. 5th St., San Pedro, 90731


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF APRIL 20, 2005

Subject: Mayoral Election Volunteers

Below are the websites for the two Mayoral candidates;
the election is May 17 and AFSCME and the Librarians'
Guild have endorsed Mayor Hahn.

It is important for the Librarians' Guild to be represented
in the local campaigns, so if you are able to volunteer
even a little time for either candidate please be sure
to sign in as a Librarians’ Guild Local 2626/AFSCME member.

http://www.jimhahn.org

http://www.antonio2005.com


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF APRIL 16, 2005

Subject: Senior Examination

City Personnel has changed the examination for Senior
Librarian to 100% interview, therefore there will NOT
be a written exam on Sat. April 23.

The Librarians' Guild was told by City Personnel that
the interviews will begin in mid-May, but the exact
days have not been selected as of yet.

Civil Service interviews are generally conducted at
the City of L.A. Personnel Building, 700 East Temple
Street 90012.

If you have not received your notice regarding your
interview by May 12, or if you have moved recently,
contact Ed Armstrong (Business/Econ.) by email
(earmstro@lapl.org).


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF APRIL 1, 2005

PRACTICE INTERVIEWS April 10

The Guild will be providing a MAKE-UP SESSION of practice
interviews on Sunday April 10, from 10:00 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Interviews will be scheduled, so if you
have a time preference please indicate on your reply
to librariansguild@hotmail.com

INTERVIEWERS - we again need your assistance so please
reply to librariansguild@hotmail.com with your availability.

The location is at the Council 36 Headquarters,
514 Shatto Place, (1 bl E of Vermont, 1/2 bl N of
Sixth St.).


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF MARCH 24, 2005

PRACTICE INTERVIEWS for SENIOR AND PRINCIPAL EXAMS March 28

THE INTERVIEWS WILL TAKE PLACE, SO IF YOU HAVE RSVP'd WE HAVE
YOU ON THE LIST, IF YOU HAVE NOT, THERE IS STILL TIME TO SIGN
UP. MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO INTERVIEW, SO PLEASE LET US
KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP.

THE PRACTICE INTERVIEWS for the upcoming Senior and Principal
Examinations ARE SCHEDULED for MONDAY, MARCH 28 from 11:00 a.m.
to 3:00 p.m. at Council 36 Headquarters, 514 Shatto Place,
(1 bl E of Vermont, 1/2 bl N of Sixth St.).


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF MARCH 24, 2005 (second one)

Principal Examination date

The PRINCIPAL LIBRARIAN EXAMINATION is now open for filing,
applications must be received by APRIL 7, with the interviews
tentatively scheduled from May 23 through June 3.

To access the bulletin click on this or enter it in the address
bar, it should take you directly to the bulletin....
https://personline.lacity.org/job_list/index.cfm?FuseAction=Showspec&CC=6155

(If the above doesn't work go to the City of L.A. home page, on
the left side look for 'Jobs Available' and click on it; click on
Jobs for City Employees and scroll down to the Principal Librarian job.)


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF MARCH 21, 2005

INTERVIEWERS ARE NEEDED......CANDIDATES PLEASE NOTE.....

THE PRACTICE INTERVIEWS for the upcoming Senior and
Principal Examinations ARE SCHEDULED for MONDAY,
MARCH 28 from 11:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Council 36
Headquarters, 514 Shatto Place, (1 bl E of Vermont,
1/2 bl N of Sixth St.). We know this is short notice
and apologize for any inconvenience, and to make it
even more annoying....if we do not get a sufficient
number of volunteer interviewers we will have to
postpone the event, so please watch for additional
emails later this week.

Interviews will be scheduled based on responses to this
email, you must RSVP to attend; please note any
limitations or time constraints that you have
that day, so we can try to schedule you appropriately.

CANDIDATES Please respond to this email by Wednesday,
March 23, if you are able to participate.

VOLUNTEER INTERVIEWERS PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL
OR CALL ED ARMSTRONG IN SCI. Dept, by WEDNESDAY NOON,
March 23 (Questions and instructions on conducting
the interviews will be provided; if you are not available
for the full four hours your assistance will be
appreciated for a long as you can help.) Other
volunteers for setting-up and introducing the candidates
will also be appreciated.

(this event is one of the things that makes the
Librarians' Guild so special and different from other
unions; your participation will help make it a
success.)


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF MARCH 16 and 19, 2005

Subject : Membership meeting announcement and other
notices

1. GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING.... Join your brother
and sister librarians for good food, interesting
conversations, and news of the union on Sat. March 19 at
6:30 p.m. for a free dinner (the business meeting begins
at 7:30 p.m.) at the Playa Vista Branch, 6400 Playa
Vista Drive.

2. PROMOTIONAL EXAM practice INTERVIEWS...coming soon,
look for emails with the details; volunteer interviewers
are needed.

3. PEOPLE CONFERENCE....the Guild will be sending
several members to Sacramento for a two day event that
includes legislative lobbying. This will take place in
early May, watch for more information.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF MARCH 13, 2005

Info: Peace March AND Lib. Soc. Studies & Research dinner
AND Salinas Library

Please post the following on the Union designated bulletin
board and share with librarians:

1) Join the U.S. Labor Against the War contingent in the
Sat. March 19 march through Hollywood. Wear your green
AFSCME or Guild T-shirts. Meet at Hollywood Blvd. and
Argyle. Get there via the Red Line or see parking info on
the A.N.S.W.E.R. L.A. website at www.answer.la.org
Contact Wendy McPherson at Echo Park for further details.

2) The Guild has purchased three tickets to the Sat. March
19 dinner (reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.) to
support the Southern California Library for Social Studies
and Research. The dinner will be held at the Radisson
Wilshire Plaza Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd. The theme is
"The next L.A.: alternative visioins of a just city" and
the awardees this year are Larry Aubry, Coalition for a
Better Inglewood, Families to Amend California's Three
Strikes, and InnerCity Struggle. The emcee is Angela Oh.
RSVP by Tuesday 8:00p.m. to this email if you want to
represent the Guild.

3. The Guild encourages librarians to attend the '24-hour
Emerency Read-In' to support Salinas Public Library,
beginning Saturday April 2, 1:00p.m. through Sunday
April 3, 1:00p.m. and will be offering stipends to defray
expenses to those able to attend. Reply to this email if
you are interested or have questions. (Some agencies
will have buses available.)


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF MARCH 3, 2005

1. PROFESSIONAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE

The Guild's Professional Concerns Committee will be meeting
on Sun. March 6 from 5-6:30 p.m., with a tasty, home-cooked meal
provided to all who attend. The agenda will include discussion of
the decline in the quality of LAPL's catalog, how to insure that
all LAPL librarians have input to decisions on the webpage links and
databases, increasing the diversity of our collections, and access
issues related to the use of library meeting rooms. The meeting
takes place at Solidarity Hall, 2170 W. Washington Blvd. RSVP to
this message or call Marilyn Smithson in the Science & Technology
Dept. (213) 228-7215 to make sure there is sufficient(excessive) food.

If you have any concerns, please email them to this address
librariansguild@hotmail.com

2. BOOK COMMITTEE

Many years ago Librarians participated in the creation of the adult
order sheet through their input on the "Book Committee". The Librarians
Guild needs to know if you or anyone you know has ever participated on
the Book committee; also we need to know your views of current order
sheets and ideas, if any, for improvements. Please let the Guild know
immediately by replying to this email or calling Roy Stone. (Retirees
invited to participate)


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF MARCH 2, 2005

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor has
endorsed the following for election or re-election:

Mayor: James Kenneth Hahn
City Attorney: Rocky Delgadillo
City Controller: Laura Chick

City Council District 1: Ed P. Reyes
City Council District 3: Dennis P. Zine
City Council District 5: no endorsement
City Council District 7: Alex Padilla
City Council District 9: Jan Perry
City Council District 11: Bill Rosendahl
City Council District 13: Eric Garcetti
City Council District 15: Janice Hahn

L.A. Community College Trustees Office 2: Michael Waxman
L.A. Community College Trustees Office 4: Kelly Candaele
L.A. Community College Trustees Office 6: Nancy Pearlman


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF FEBRUARY 23, 2005

REMINDER- THE NEXT GUILD MEETING IS THIS FRIDAY,
FEBRUARY 25, 7:30 AT THE (NEW) DURANT BRANCH
LIBRARY...SUBJECTS TO DISCUSS INCLUDE NEGOTIATIONS,
CITY ELECTION, SECURITY, AND MORE, DINNER PROVIDED


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF FEBRUARY 7, 2005

Council 36 Leadership Conference February 26, 9:00 a.m.
through February 27, noon in Long Beach….is open to any
Guild member interested in the current attacks on working
families, the effort to reduce all government retirement
plans, initiatives on the ballot that will affect labor
organizations, and much more. Please respond to this
email if you are interested in attending or want more
information. We need to make reservations for anyone
who needs hotel accomodations, so if you are interested
please reply to this email by Wed. February 9.

We need your help--have you, or anyone you know, been
denied vacation time to attend a funeral? This would
be for someone outside of the approved family members
for bereavement leave. Please reply to this email with
the information.

Members: please check with your co-workers to make
certain that they are receiving the Guild emails and
mailings. Let us know by reply to this email with any
corrections that we should have…thank you.

The list of meetings are now available on the Guild
website (www.librariansguild.org)…also the website
contains a variety of information, including how to
contact the members of the Executive Board and stewards,
recent emails, Guild history, links to labor sites and
library sites, and more.

Next Executive Board meeting Thursday, February 10,
Council 36 Headquarters; Membership meeting February 25,
Durant Branch.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JANUARY 26, 2005


1. The next General Membership meeting will be this SATURDAY,
JANUARY 29, at the (new) CHINATOWN BRANCH...with a great Chinese
Dinner...find out what's going on in LAPL. New members, student
librarians, non-members welcome. dinner after 6:00, meeting at 7:30.

2. Has anyone been denied a (vacation) request to attend a funeral
for someone(e.g. friend, cousin, etc.) not on the 'approved list'
for bereavement leave? Please let us know by reply email.


E-MAIL BROADCAST OF JANUARY 5, 2005

THE FIRST PROFESSIONAL CONCERNS MEETING OF 2005 WILL
BE THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, FROM 5:00-7:00 P.M. at
Solidarity Hall, 2170 W. Washington Blvd. near the
corner of Western.

Find out about Cataloging issues...and inform the
Guild about your concerns.

Dinner will be provided...please rsvp/reply by email
if you are able to attend.


Questions or comments about the Librarians' Guild?
News or updates to share? Check the web page listing
officers, stewards, and trustees for direct contact
information or send your message to:

librariansguild@hotmail.com

Keep up to date facebook: Librariansguild2626

Offices & Mailing Address:

Librarians' Guild, AFSCME Local 2626

514 Shatto Place, 3rd Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90020

Librarians' Guild WebAmateur: Richard Kraus
Suggestions and comments: rsk56@yahoo.com