MLSA and North Shore Labor Council members show support for the Danver's Public Library Drag Makeup for Teens Program
On May 10, 2023, members of the Massachusetts Library Staff Association and the North Shore labor Council joined forces to support the LGBTQIA+ community and library programs at the Danver's Public Library. Labor and Librarys unite!
Massachusetts Library Staff Association Members at a recent AFT-MA Leadership Training
As a union of professionals, AFT Public Employees division is committed to improving the quality of government services we provide to our communities. Reclaiming the promise of high-quality public services is about fighting for first-rate public services that our support communities and keep them safe, healthy and vibrant. It’s about fighting to ensure that our communities’ tax dollars are properly invested back into the community, and that those resources are used responsibly and safely. Finally, it’s fighting to make sure public employees are well-prepared and supported so they can provide our communities with the high-quality services the public needs and deserves.
BPL Professional Staff Association "Fill the Library with Love" Rally
Congratulations to BPL-PSA President Maty Cropley, BPL-PSA members, and the team at AFT-MA for their very successful “Fill the Library with Love” rally on Saturday, February 19, 2022. Library staff, patrons, and community members gathered to show support for the library and librarians and counter the hateful and disruptive mask disruptions that have occurred in the children's room of the BPL Central & Hyde Park branch. The rally was well publicized and reported on by local news outlets. The AFT-MA team worked to get press releases out to the State House News Service; and Maty Cropley did a great interview for Channel 25 on February 17, 2022 as well as being interviewed before and during the rally by various news outlets. What an awesome example of solidarity!
Members of the Stoughton Library Staff Association support the AFT's #endgunviolencenow initiative.
Members of the Stoughton Library Staff Association wore black on June 1, 2022 to show their support of the AFT's #endgunviolencenow initiative.
Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.
In February 2020, the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association affiliated with the Massachusetts Library Staff Association, Local 04928 of the American Federation of Teachers. Maty, a teen outreach librarian for the Boston Public Library, became president of the BPL-PSA in the fall of 2021, and continued the work of bringing a formerly independent union into the AFT fold. During their tenure as president, Maty successfully settled a contract that had been outstanding for four years with grace and thoughtfulness. In the words of their colleagues, “Maty handled a number of issues and
The American Federation of Teachers is actively trying to organize municipal librarians around the country. As one of the small number of library locals affiliated with the AFT, the MLSA can serve as a source of information and 'best practices' as the AFT pursues its organizing goals. AFT represents public library workers across the country, in separate municipal library bargaining units, and as a part of school and university bargaining units. AFT also represents librarians in state libraries—including the Illinois State Library, and the Connecticut State Library—and in other state agencies
In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.
Congratulations to BPL-PSA member Jenna Young! Jenna was recently profiled as part of the AFT Voices program. "Jenna Young, a Massachusetts Library Staff Association (MLSA) member and union treasurer, has loved libraries her entire life. As communities turn to library systems and staff to help them navigate life, Jenna says it’s time to invest and truly serve our communities." Please click here for the full AFT-MA article and to view more images.
Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.