Upcoming Member Listening Sessions

Thursday, September 16, 7pmGeneral Union Member Listening Session for all 1857 members (led by Chief Steward/Vice President Peter Cole)

Sunday, September 19, 7pm LGBTQ+ Union Member Listening Session for LGBTQ+ members (led by the LGBTQ+ committee)

Sunday, September 26, 7pm BIPOC Union Member Listening Session for BIPOC members (led by the BIPOC committee, to arrange a private session please contact local1857bipoccommittee@gmail.com)

To access Zoom links for all upcoming member listening sessions locate the “1857 weekly updates” email sent on 9/14 from C2everett in your personal email. If you cannot find the email please contact eboard@kclsvoice.org.

General Membership Meeting (8/20)

Please join us this Friday, August 20th from 7-9pm for a General Membership meeting via Zoom!

To register please check your personal email for the “1857 Weekly Update” from Council 2 on 8/13, the watercooler post “General membership meeting 8/20” or email the eboard at eboard@kclsvoice.org. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and information on how to join.

Disrupting Microaggressions Workshop

Interested in learning about implicit bias and microaggressions?

Join us on Monday July 26th from 3-4:30 pm for an interactive 1857 sponsored training “Implicit Bias and Microaggressions: Effective Responses and Actions.”

Psychologist and Professor Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D., defines microaggressions as “the everyday slights, indignities, put-downs, and insults that people of color, women, LGBT populations, or those who are marginalized experience in their day-to-day interactions with people.” For those who experience them, microaggressions tend to create a hostile and invalidating climate and affect individuals deeply. 

This interactive session will focus not just on recognizing bias and microaggressions but also on learning intervention strategies and skills to respond and take action. Presenter Alanna Aiko Moore and co-presenter, Jaena Alabi, will teach intervention strategies and demonstrate how to take action. Issues discussed will include power and impact, intersectionality, different types of bias and microaggressions, and strategic intervention strategies. Participants will also explore personal experience scenarios and intervention strategies from various perspectives, including perpetrator, witness/bystander, and target. This workshop will be a combination of lecture, small group work and large group discussion.

Check your personal email for the Zoom link via our Local 1857 Weekly Update, or email local1857bipoccommittee@gmail.com for more details.

Presenter Alanna Aiko Moore currently works as a Librarian for Sociology, Ethnic Studies & Gender Studies, UC San Diego Library and has been the past President of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association.

Many thanks to the Local 1857 BIPOC Task Force for creating an opportunity for further training and education around the issue of microaggressions so that we may create a more inclusive workplace!

Outgoing President Carrie Rolph drinking from her "Stick with the Union" mug

Celebrating Carrie: 1857 Leadership Transition

Carrie Rolph has been an incredible leader and worker advocate for the last 8 years as Local 1857 President. We are sad to see her leave Local 1857, but congratulate her on accepting the Assistant Operations Manager position at Fairwood. Her skills, expertise, and advocacy are an asset to KCLS and to our greater unions. With gratitude for Carrie’s many years of service, we ask you to join us in celebration by writing a message on Carrie’s Kudos Board. And without further ado we welcome Rai Yiannakos as Interim Local 1857 President!

Hardship Fund Wrap Up

The Local 1857 Hardship Fund launch has concluded successfully with grants given to 40 members in good standing. 

The Hardship Fund was an idea borne of the knowledge that this past year our members were buffeted by economic downturns and fewer available KCLS hours to supplement our paychecks.  This reality – combined with careful stewardship of union finances and decreased costs to our union during the pandemic – created an opportunity to award members grants of $400. 

It is the strength of our Union and the support of our fellow members which make this possible.

All applicants met our criteria of being in good standing and, after a one week extension of the application deadline , checks were written, signed twice and mailed this past week. 

As part of the application process, we learned the money helped members make car payments, pay student loans, close out medical bills, reduce debts and better care for children among other necessities.  It was often repeated that applicants didn’t want to take away from others more in need and were grateful for this economic grant made possible by our membership. 

The Executive Board is thankful for the input of members in designing this program and the efforts of the Task Force which carried it out.  Lessons learned include streamlining data flow, helpful timelines and feedback and effective promotional methods.