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Political Action Meeting: Feb. 24, 2017

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, and include any dietary needs.

Sincerely, Lisa Palombi, Vice-President of Political Action

Guild Update: Group Grievance etc.

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

Membership Meeting January 27th

Featuring Special Program “Paycheck 101,” by Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business and Economics: Richard shares everything you need to know about your multifaceted paycheck, salary steps/anniversary dates (as seen in our MOU), deferred comp, etc.
New Librarians: this session is not to be missed!

Friday, January 27, 2017
7:30 pm  (dinner provided at 6:30)
Council 36 HQ.
514 Shatto Place
Los Angeles, CA 90020

All librarians are welcome, including our Retirees, our Substitute Librarians, and library school attendees and graduates. Remember, only Librarians’ Guild members may make/vote on resolutions.

-President’s Report: Group Grievance for elimination of Librarian 3 position in Training Office; Final resolution of “paying out of pocket” for library supplies for programs; Health and Safety Update.
-Paycheck 101 (Richard Kraus
-New Business; Old Business

To reserve your supper and seat, email: GUILDRSVP@GMAIL.COM

List of future Membership Meetings:

Holiday Party at Los Feliz Branch

Dear Guild members and their families,

Please click on the link below for an invitation to our Holiday Party. The link will take you to a printable PDF.


Communicator Vol. 41 No. 2 (October 2016)

To download the October 2016 Communicator, please CLICK HERE.

(Note: this issue is a scanned facsimile, as the PDF is too large to upload to our website)

Highlights of Vol. 41, No. 2 include:

-Summary of 2016 AFSCME International Convention
-An interview with a Central Library bedbug
-A call to reject Charter Amendment RRR (so called DWP reform)
-Richard Kraus summarizes raises in our new MOU.

Membership Meeting Friday Sept. 30th

September Membership Meeting:

Friday, September 30, 2016
Meeting Starts at 7:30 pm
Dinner Served after 6:30 pm

Arroyo Seco Regional Library

6145 N. Figueroa Street

Los AngelesCA 90042

Communicator: Volume 41, No. 1 (July 2016)

To see the color version of the mailed Communicator, click here:

Professional Concerns Meeting Sunday (6/24/16)

Brunch this Sunday (food on us):

Hey Librarians: Got a professional concern?

Come to the Guild’s professional concerns brunch on Sunday, June 26 at 11am located at:

Fiddler’s Bistro
6009 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles 90036
RSVP is necessary:

Membership Meeting Friday (6/24/16)

Membership Meeting Friday:

Friday, June 24, 2016
7:30 pm  (dinner provided beginning at 6:30)
Council 36 HQ.
514 Shatto Place
Los Angeles, CA 90020

1.  Interview process – is the supervisor ‘allowed’ to be on the interview panel. Our MOU says so, but is Management complying?

2.  Probationary Evaluations

2.  Health and Safety – incident reports, banned patrons, etc.

3.  New Members – questions

All librarians are welcome, including our Retirees, our Substitute Librarians, and library school attendees and graduates. Remember, only Librarians’ Guild members may vote on motions.

To reserve your supper and seat, email: GUILDRSVP@GMAIL.COM

January Membership Meeting

Our first membership meeting will be on Saturday, Jan. 30th at a restaurant to be announced shortly. Please check back for more details.

Our schedule for this year’s Membership Meetings and Executive Board Meetings is here: