The statement below was drafted by the our Political Action Committee and approved by Librarians’ Guild membership.
We, the librarians of the Los Angeles Public Library and members of the Librarians Guild (AFSCME Local 2626), welcome everyone to the library.
- We serve all community members, among them people of color, immigrants (including refugees and the undocumented), LGBTQIA people, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities.
- We offer programs, services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds, and promote inclusion and diversity.
- We commit to making the library a sanctuary for all people, in their common and unique needs, across differences of race, religion, disability, political belief, gender expression, sexuality, and immigration status.
- We actively provide a safe space where facts are presented and defended and all viewpoints are protected, including that of the press.
- We defend the privacy of our patrons from those who would ask us to violate it.
On Monday, May 1, at 11am, the Librarians’ Guild marchers will meet in front of Felipe de Neve Branch (2820 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057, phone: (213) 384-7676) .
Please note: parking is NOT available at Felipe de Neve Branch. We recommend using the Wilshire / Vermont station if using Metro. Walk one block north to 6th street and walk east until you arrive at Felipe de Neve.
At Central Library, another cohort will meet at the Hope Street Tunnel entrance at 12noon and move into position at the southeast corner of Pershing Square to join the first contingent, at approximately 12:45. Christina Rice and Suzanne Im will lead that group. Shirts and hats will be available.
The march ends at a rally in Grand Park /City Hall, with speakers startingat 1:30pm.
Please remember the basics: sunblock, water, sunglasses, snacks.
Just a reminder: the May Day march is fast approaching. The Librarians’ Guild will be there, and we are encouraging as many members as possible to participate.
Since we sent the first EMAIL about this, we have received many questions. Please read this entire email carefully, especially for instructions on how to be reimbursed for any lost time if you are unable to take VC.
If you read the following and you still have questions, please call Henry Gambill (310) 460-8270. I will do my best to help you in any way.
When: Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11 am.
Where: 11 am at MacArthur Park.
MEET UP with AFSCME and the Librarians Guild at the start of the march (MacArthur Park at 11am), along the route (from 12pm along Wilshire Blvd), or at the Final Rally at City Hall/Grand Park at 1:30pm.
When heading to the march, or when at the march, check the Facebook page of the Librarians’ Guild AFSME 2626 for live updates and help. https://www.facebook.com/librariansguild/
Instructions for participation by Librarians’ Guild members:
1) ASK FOR THE DAY OFF, either as a requested day off, a vacation day, a Leave with Permission (LW) or a voluntary furlough day (WF), using proper procedures (do this at least two weeks in advance, deadline April 17). The Guild’s Executive Board has voted to reimburse Guild members who march with the Guild for Lost Time if you do not have vacation time available. Please read this http://lg2626.org/treasurer/ and email Guild Treasurer Kian Daizadeh at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding procedures for reimbursement of lost time BEFORE you lose time.
Note: Supervisors may request a substitute for an employee who takes VC or LW, but a substitute may not be requested when an employee takes a WF.
2) WEAR an AFSCME shirt. To get a free shirt from us, email email@example.com with your size, your name, and your work unit.
3) Check in with Henry Gambill, Roy Stone, Kian Daizadeh or Lisa Palombi at the march if you are applying for Lost Time reimbursement. Remember: You must march with the Guild to be reimbursed by the Guild for lost time.
For more information, including a map, go here: http://weresist.la
Another website is: http://www.shutitdown.la/ that lists many ways to participate, a route map, and flyer and other graphics for download. There is also a Facebook Event Page you can share that can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/211284766016393/
Why are We Marching:
The following is an official statement drafted by the Political Action Committee and approved by Guild members at the March Membership Meeting:
We, the Librarians’ Guild (AFSCME Local 2626), are one of many groups of librarians, unions, and civil rights organizations across the nation who have committed to mobilizing people, information, and resources to resist the undemocratic actions of the current administration.
We resolve to support the upcoming May Day #ResistLosAngeles March (also known as a Day Without an Immigrant and General Strike 2017) that will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017, in Los Angeles and cities across the nation.
We commit to having a visible presence at the May Day March, and we call upon all unions and labor organizations to do the same.
We reaffirm our commitment to intellectual freedom, to advocacy for the privacy of our users, and to the foundational values of librarianship that support a free democracy.
We call upon our government representatives and our patrons to join us in defending cultural institutions, fact-based discourse, and the right to gather and protest.
We urge you to protect all libraries, the arts, the humanities, and the press, from funding cuts and censorship.
by Jeff Sargeant–Health, Safety and Welfare Chair
Presentation at 3/25/17 Membership Meeting
Jeff’s Presentation Slideshow:
All the official info on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program:
To find out what type of loans you have:
* National Student Loan Data System – www.nslds.ed.gov
Information on Direct Consolidation Loans:
Info on Income-Driven Repayment plans, and application to change plan:
Find the Federal Poverty Values at:
Student Loan Payment Estimator for each of the repayment plans:
Employment Certification Form:
* Pre-filled with LAPL info: tiny.cc/lapl-pslf-form
* Mail to: FedLoan Servicing, P.O. Box 69184, Harrisburg, PA 17106-9184
* Or, fax to: 717-720-1628
Info on IRS Data Retrieval Tool for certifying income each year:
Political Action Committee Meeting:
Please click on the link below to view AFSCME Council 36’s endorsements for the upcoming March 7, 2017 Primary Elections.
As a side note, the Librarians’ Guild’s Executive Board has also officially endorsed Imelda Padilla for LAUSD School Board District 6.
Political Action News:
Are you feeling frustrated and alarmed due to recent political events?
Then join the new LG2626 Political Action Committee at its first meeting:
Friday, February 24, 7-9pm at AFSCME Council 36 (514 Shatto Place, LA 90020).
The goal of this initial meeting is to focus on the needs of our members in response to the current political environment. The assessment compiled at the November 2016 general membership meeting will be our starting point. We will strategize ways to support membership in their personal political responses, devise a framework for official Guild political communications, and determine criteria for partnerships with other labor and non-labor organizations.
Please rsvp to PoliticalActionLG2626@gmail.com, and include any dietary needs.
Sincerely, Lisa Palombi, Vice-President of Political Action
Update on Group Grievance (Training Office):
Today, we met with Management to discuss our group grievance over management’s elimination of the Librarian III position in the Training Office. We (again) stated our position: that the removal of the L3 position downgrades the training office, sends the wrong message about the importance of training, and negatively impacts all librarians in their training and promotional opportunities.
Management asserted that the L3 position, itself, has not been eliminated–just reassigned to the Engagement and Learning Division (though not focused on training). Furthermore, they stated that the Senior Librarian in the Training Office (Gloria Grover) should assign training to the other Librarian III’s in the system.
We provided several examples of extensive projects that the Training Office’s former Librarian III completed, and pointed out several projects coming down the pipeline that would be extremely challenging to unload onto unsuspecting Librarian III’s in the branches and departments. We are thankful that Gloria provided these details at the meeting.
Management made note of this information and has twenty business days to provide a response. We will keep you posted.
By the way, we appreciate all the encouraging feedback we have received from you about this very issue.
Safety and Security at Central Library’s Computer Center:
We also requested that Management give serious consideration to authorizing around the clock security at Central Library’s Computer Center on Lower Level 3 due to ongoing safety concerns. Recently, a violent patron damaged equipment, verbally abused staff, and injured security officers in the ensuing struggle.
Next Transfer Sheet:
We asked HR about plans for a transfer sheet at the end of January, and they communicated that there have been delays in the interview and hiring process for the Administrative Clerks. To be fair, the delays are not really coming from HR–problems always occur when arranging for large groups of people to interview, etc. So, the next transfer sheet will occur in February. February will also see the interview and promotional process for new Senior Librarians.
Henry and Roy