Dartmouth College Library Workers Union

We, the workers of Dartmouth College Library (DCL), are proud to announce that we are unionizing with AFSCME Council 93. We believe that by forming a union we will be better positioned to advocate for ourselves and for the communities that we serve.

Our work is critical to the mission of Dartmouth College. We provide access to first-rate collections, teach classes and workshops, and work with students and faculty who need research help. During COVID, we ensured that there were few service interruptions. We are dedicated to our work and to the mission of the College despite years of stagnant wages, budget cuts, and the closure of branch libraries.

We are organizing because we feel that a union systematizes equity in a way that our current workplace will never be able to do. We deserve compensation that makes living in the Upper Valley sustainable, and clear paths to advancement for all staff. It is critical that we have a seat at the table when changes are made to our workplace because we are the ones who understand our work best. We believe that collective bargaining is the best means of transparent and sustained communication between administration and staff and critical for building a better, more effective library. 

Some of the issues that we hope to address are as follows:

  • Regular compensation review that accounts for inflation and the cost of living in the Upper Valley
  • Defined advancement paths that are accessible to all staff
  • Review and expansion of the current time-off policies
  • Clear guidelines for remote work and the opportunity of flexible schedules for all

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I support unions because I believe it is the best way to ensure a fair, equitable, and transparent

In general, I think unions should be the default for all workplaces.

A union will enable my colleagues and I to come together as a collective voice to push for reducing disparities. We all deserve equal opportunities in the workplace.

I support unionization because I believe workers should have a place at the table for decisions that affect their wellbeing and advancement opportunities.

I support unionization because I want a say in my future at Dartmouth. I spent ten years here without any path for promotion or advancement available to me.

Everyone that works in the library plays an important role in keeping the heart of this institution beating and supporting the academic activities that Dartmouth is proud of.

Our union will make equity more than just an HR buzzword. Our union will restore a transparent promotion system and open it to all library staff.

The best way to secure a dynamic, innovative, and effective Library is through bargaining collectively and directly with Dartmouth College.

Unions are the backbone of a strong society. Without unions each worker must stand on their own, but with a union the workers can stand on a more equal footing with their employers.

I think we should consider unionizing because everyone should share the work of staff advocacy.

I look forward to joining with my colleagues to form a library workers union. Together we can build a more equitable and dynamic workplace here within the Dartmouth community.

I support a union so library staff can have more of a say in the decisions that affect us, our work, and our spaces.

I support unionization because I support protection and advocacy for all my colleagues, and all library

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