Nominate Your Bargaining Committee

Nomination Meeting and Training on Weingarten Rights

October 4, 6-8 p.m.

Nominations will be accepted from 6-8 p.m. for Bargaining Committee representatives.

During that meeting, we will also hold a training session on our Weingarten rights. As unionized employees, we now have the legal right, even before we get our first contract, to request representation when we think there is a possibility that discipline or discharge may result from a meeting with our supervisor. This meeting will provide you the tools to make sure your rights are being protected.

Bargaining Committee Election Dates and Results

October 17; 8-10 a.m.
October 17; 6-8 p.m.
October 18; 8-10 a.m.
October 18; 6-8 p.m.
to be followed by vote count and announcement of results

(You must come in person to vote. There is no absentee voting.)

All events are held at:
United Steelworkers Headquarters
60 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

After a thorough discussion, attendees at the United Library Workers September 20 meeting adjusted and approved our bargaining committee composition!

We agreed that the Bargaining Committee will consist of one member in each of the slots below. Employees in each group vote for their own representative: Branch librarians vote for a branch librarian representative, Library Support Center employees vote for a LSC representative, etc.

-- Office of Programs and Partnerships & System Wide Flexible Team (formerly Substitute Pool)
-- Library Support Center
-- Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
-- Branch Librarians
-- Branch Library Assistants
-- Branch Clerical Workers
-- Main Librarians
-- Main Library Assistants & Clerical Workers
-- Main Support Departments (Communications & Creative Services, Digital Strategy, External & Government Relations, Facilities, Finance and Administration and Information Technology)

Bargaining Committee members are tasked with representing the collective needs and interests of all Carnegie Library staff. Bargaining priorities will be determined through surveys and meetings with library workers. Representatives must be committed to the democratic process, detail-oriented, flexible, and prepared to build consensus among staff. The time commitment is significant. You can nominate yourself, or anyone else in the bargaining unit for whichever position they are eligible for. If you have questions about running for the bargaining committee, reply to this e-mail.

The Nominations Meeting will be held on October 4, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the United Steelworkers Headquarters at 60 Boulevard of the Allies.

All nominations must be made in person. Individuals may nominate multiple people. The person nominated need not be physically present at the Nominations Meeting.

If you are not running for a seat on the Bargaining Committee, but would like to help the elections go smoothly, you can volunteer for temporary positions: we need tellers for the four election times on October 17 and 18. Tellers help set up the election process by confirming nominees, drafting ballots, and otherwise ensuring the vote go smoothly and ensure that all procedures are followed correctly.

Volunteers will go through training and preferably be available for at least two of the following four election times. Voting takes place at the United Steelworkers Headquarters at 60 Boulevard of the Allies. Please reply to this email if you are available to serve as a teller!

Reminder: tellers can not be running for the bargaining committee.

3 Tellers: October 17; 8-10 a.m.
3 Tellers: October 17; 6-8 p.m.
3 Tellers: October 18; 8-10 a.m.
3 Tellers: October 18; 6-8 p.m.; to be followed by vote count and announcement of results

On October 18, from 6-8 p.m., we will also need a secretary to record election results and take meeting minutes for this important step in building our union. Please reply to this email if you are available to serve as secretary.

These roles are just a few of the ways you can help grow and strengthen our union. Please attend meetings and share this e-mail with any coworkers who may be interested in helping out and being informed about new opportunities to get involved as they become available.