Barker Public Library Fire

On Sunday, January 20, there was a devastating fire at the Barker Public Library, in Barker, NY which is in the Nioga Library System. There were no injuries but the entire building was lost. Buffalo News Article A statement from the Barker Public Library: “At approximately midnight on Monday, January 21, 2019 we were informed that … Continue reading Barker Public Library Fire


Support For Federal Employees On Long Island

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Our union stands with the federal workers who are impacted by the shutdown. Today is day 34 of the federal government shutdown.  Impacted federal employees have now gone without two paychecks.   There are 26,000 federal employees who live in Suffolk and Nassau.  With numbers like that, it shouldn't be surprising to learn that we … Continue reading Support For Federal Employees On Long Island

Opioid Overdose Resuscitation Training

A number of our members have been trained in the administration of intra-nasal NARCAN. Given by SCLS, this training is designed for non-traditional responders and meets New York State Department of Health requirements that include recognition of opioid overdose, administration of NARCAN, and steps to take until EMS arrives. Our staff association fully supports these … Continue reading Opioid Overdose Resuscitation Training

WHAM Staff Association Celebrates National Library Week

The Westhampton Library Staff Association is supporting the ALA's National Library Week initiative this week. Head to your public, school or academic library during National Library Week to see what's new and take part in the celebration. Libraries across the country are participating... read more...

Newsday Media Group Union Approves New Labor Pact

With the changes coming to Newsday, the union negotiated, and the membership passed, an agreement that provides severance packages, and assurances of new positions, for the unionized staff. Michael LaSpina, president of Local 406 of the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, said the changes at Newsday would mean the loss of … Continue reading Newsday Media Group Union Approves New Labor Pact

Teacher Arrested for Questioning Superintendent Contract

When the staff is sacrificing for years, management should not be rewarded to their exclusion. A Louisiana teacher who stood up at a school board meeting and asked why the superintendent was getting a raise while educators and support staff were not was ejected from the room by a marshal, handcuffed on the floor and … Continue reading Teacher Arrested for Questioning Superintendent Contract