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Title: Employee relations in libraries: The current scene
Author(s): Kleingartner, Archie; Kennelly, Jean R.
Subject(s): Employee relations in libraries Human resources Librarians’ unions Collective bargaining
Abstract: In the 1970s we are observing another period of intense interest in collective bargaining. The fact that the 20th Annual Allerton Park Institute is devoted entirely to the question of collective bargaining in libraries is strong, but by no means the only evidence of the resurgence of interest in this topic by the library profession. The skeptic will ask, "Is the current scene any different from what occurred thirty-five years ago?" That is, have we simply reached another one of those points in time when librarians get excited about unionism and overreact to developments all with little prospect for lasting impact on libraries, the library profession or individual librarians? In retrospect, it is not hard to understand why large-scale unionization of librarians did not occur in the 1930s. At the time, most union activity was concentrated in the private sector of the economy the NLRA applies only to employees in the private sector but most librarians are employed in public institutions. From the 1930s until roughly 1960, relatively little union activity occurred anywhere in the public sector.
Issue Date: 1975
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In F.A. Schlipf (ed) Collective bargaining in libraries (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute 1974): 1-22.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (20th : 1974)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
ISBN: 0878450424
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-04-09

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