Let me seduce you with my extensive knowledge of fictional universes
As I was saying.
The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
Waaaaaay too close for comfort.
SMCM, St. Mary’s MD, 11/23/13
At St. Mary’s College, a small school in southern Maryland, faculty, staff, and students have launched a wage ratio proposal of their own. For them, the magic ratio is 10-to-1.
St. Mary’s is not the only college with a living wage campaign. Others include Johns Hopkins University, Miami University, and the University of Virginia. Some campaigns, including those at Swarthmore and Harvard, have resulted in higher wages for the lowest paid workers on campus—as did the original incarnation of one at St. Mary’s.While the lowest paid staff at St. Mary’s make $24,500 per year, the highest paid employee, the president, makes over $300,000. Furthermore, according to faculty calculations, most employees are seeing their income lose value over time. Campaigners say if the school truly valued social responsibility, respect, and community maintenance, as it claims to do on its website, the wage structure would be different.
That campaign, now known as “St. Mary’s Wages, the St. Mary’s Way,” began in 2002 when staff passed a unanimous resolution to institute a living wage on campus. By 2004, the lowest salary on campus had risen from $15,700 to $20,000. In 2006, frustrated by stalled salary negotiations and what they saw as the poor treatment of the lowest-paid workers on campus, 13 students participated in a 147-hour sit-in at the office of then-president Jane Margaret O’Brien. The occupying students included one former and four current senators from the Student Government Association.
Current students still cite the sit-in as a major turning point in staff and student negotiating power. Afterwards, management went into negotiations with the staff union and agreed to increase the salaries of the lowest-paid staff at St. Mary’s to $24,500. Then the living wage campaign was quiet until fall of 2011, when, spurred by staff testimony about financial difficulties, students and a few faculty members launched the 10-to-1 initiative.
The 10-to-1 wage plan would cap the salary of the highest-paid full-time college employee at 10 times that of the lowest-paid ones, and the salaries of the remaining employees would be spread out incrementally between the two. By capping high-level administrative pay, the authors say, the school will eventually save money and be able to rein in tuition hikes.
Oh look, my undergrad is at it again. Also, I was living upstairs in Calvert when that 2006 sit in happened downstairs in Maggie’s office. We brought them food every day. Serious business. That’s how I was indoctrinated into the St. Mary’s way—or as we say, the St. Mary’s weird—as a 1st semester freshman. It just kept getting more interesting from there… Love my alma mater.
Good news: my consortium launched our 3M Cloud Library today!
Bad news: we can never get rid of OverDrive, ever!
You win some, you lose some.
I’ve gone completely MIA on my other two blogs, again. I keep considering taking on a copilot for fyeahrasputina, but there are only two people I’d trust to do it, and only one who might be interested. You know, besides Melora and Daniel—but then it wouldn’t be a fan blog. And deep down I don’t want to share because it’s my baby.
As for my other, other blog… /throws up hands in defeat.
when did we replace the word “said” with “was like”
i think it’s really interesting and cool actually that language has shifted so that ‘said’ implies that you’re quoting, while ‘was like’ means ‘i’m doing a general impression of this dude’. i…
Michel Houellebecq and Stephen King (via)
The ransom note school of collection development.
It pisses me off that Maryland public libraries hire library associates to do professional work. I have a MLS and get paid the same as somebody who went through “library associate training”. I detest my graduate degree more and more every day.
Yo I love where I work but this. This so much.
I think you’re all looking at this backwards. Maybe the library system isn’t in the wrong. I know lots of library assistants who are just as capable as MLIS holders, if not more so. Maybe the MLIS is the problem. It’s time to reevaluate.
I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. I’ll keep saying it until I’m blue in the face. I’m really bored with this conversation, but I can’t stop myself.