“Dear fellow members of the Librarians Association:
As you all know, there is a case pending before the Supreme Court of the United States (Janus v. AFSCME) that has the potential to adversely impact the Librarians Association and erode or eliminate our rights under the collective bargaining agreement with the Library as well as the various laws that protect our workplace rights. One of the things we are doing to respond to these concerns is to update our records to make sure that we have a current commitment card on file for all members in the event that the Library challenges our representational status at the time that the decision is issued. Here is the link to the card:
The commitment card has three basic components. The first paragraph is simply a reaffirmation of your desire to be a member of the Librarians Association and its affiliates. Make sure to fill in the local union name as “Librarians Association of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.”
The second paragraph is designed to make sure that we have a current authorization card from you on file specifically authorizing the deduction of regular monthly dues. There has been some confusion about this so I want to emphasize that signing this card does not in any way affect the amount of dues you currently pay to the Librarians Association and that amount may not be increased unless we vote to do so in accordance with our Constitution and Bylaws. You pay dues only to the Librarians Association. We pay a per capita tax to NYSUT and then NYSUT is required to share a portion of that amount with our national affiliates, the NEA, the AFT and the AFL-CIO. As you know, NYSUT provides many valuable services to us including providing a full-time Labor Relations Specialist to assist us with negotiations and other labor relations matters. It also advocates on a statewide level for our interests including in particular library funding. Our national affiliates do this for us on a national level. This gives us a collective voice that we could not achieve on our own.
The third paragraph of the card expressly authorizes NYSUT and any of our national affiliates to call you and/or send you text messages. If you do not want to receive such messages, do not fill in either your home or mobile phone number. You will see that those are not among the required fields that must be completed on the card.
If you have any questions regarding completing or submitting the card, please let me know and I will be happy to assist you. When you submit the card electronically, please take care to provide your personal e-mail address as you will receive an e-mail with a copy of the card attached as a PDF file. Please forward that e-mail to me so that I can print a copy of the card for the Association’s files. I would also suggest that you print out a copy of the card after you fill it out prior to clicking the submit button just in case there is a problem with the electronic submission.
If you would prefer to fill out a paper card, I have those available as well.
I would ask that everyone complete this task no later than April 27, 2018.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and please come see me if you have any problem completing this task or any other questions or concerns.
Meg Cheman, President
Librarians Association of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library”