Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Best May Day wishes

I would like to wish everyone a happy and satisfying celebration of the worker. Remind yourself today that as a librarian you are a member of the working class. Teacher pay has made some gains recently (though more remains to be done) but librarian wages are stagnant. Teachers have a strong union. Librarians generally do not. Could there be a correlation?

This country is currently in quite a rough state. Because of the poor economy there is a great deal of job insecurity. Any time there is job insecurity the opportunity for employers to abuse the rights of their employees is increased. Consequently, those who remain employed find themselves overworked and exploited. In times like these it is easy to forget that we the workers often have more power than we understand. Saul Alinsky, the father of grassroots community organizing, once said, "power goes to two poles -- to those who've got the money and those who've got the people." Tired of getting pushed? You're probably not alone.

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