Happy Labor Day!

Because the master’s degree puts “professional librarians” in a different classification than paraprofessional librarians, those of us in library school may not give much thought to unions or to how unions might shape the workplaces we hope to enter.

McNet Libraries marches in Labor Day 2004 parade

McNet Libraries participated in the 2004 Labor Day Parade in Paducah, KY. McNet is a consortium of libraries organzied to provide the residents of McCracken County equal access to the highest quality of information possible.

Not all libraries are unionized, but a number of public libraries work with AFSCME, the public sector workers union, and individual libraries have unions affiliated with a range of other unions. The American Libraries Association has an allied organization that deals with issues of library workers’ rights and workplace equity: ALA-Allied Professional Association.

Whether you are spending this unofficial last day of summer at work, hanging out with family and friends over a picnic, squeezing in a last vacation for the season, or celebrating the American worker at a parade, I hope everyone can take a moment to remember the history of the Labor Day holiday and appreciate what we are celebrating.

Categories: Advocacy & Activism, Professional Life

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