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In This Issue:
- J. David Cox Elected DPE Chair
- IP, the VP, and DPE
- Shape Research Integrity Globally: April 4, 2011 PftPI Forum in Philadelphia
- Actors’ Equity Welcomes New Executive Director, Bids Fond Adieu
- PftPI Develops Future Forums, Position on Scientific Integrity
- Reaching Out to Professional Associations: American Library Association Midwinter
- GAO Releases H-1B Report
- New! DPE Fact Sheet on Independent Contractors
- DPE Signs On
J. DAVID COX ELECTED DPE CHAIR –
In January, the DPE Executive Committee unanimously
elected J. David Cox (right) as Chair of the DPE General Board. Photo: www.afge.org.
Cox serves as the National Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of
Government Employees (AFGE). Elected in 2006, he was reelected by acclamation in 2009. Before his election to national union office, he was a registered nurse in the Veterans Affairs medical system since 1983. For more about his background, click here.
DPE President Paul E. Almeida commented, “The DPE Board, staff, and I look forward to
working with J. David. He and AFGE have been strong supporters of DPE, and he brings an
extraordinary background – in health care, veterans’ affairs, and organized labor – to his new role. We
are lucky to have him as Chair.”
The Executive Committee acted to fill a vacancy from the resignation of the previous DPE
Chair, Tom Lee, former president of the American Federation of Musicians.
IP, THE VP, AND DPE – On January 28, 2011, Vice President Joe Biden (left) provided an update
on Administration efforts to protect intellectual property (IP) to labor, industry, and other stakeholders. Among the participants: DPE President Paul E. Almeida. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.
The meeting was the latest in a series at which DPE related protecting
intellectual property to defending U.S. workers and jobs.
Accompanying Vice President Biden were Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of
Commerce Gary Locke, White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) Victoria Espinel, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton, and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett.
Vice President Biden reinforced the Administration’s commitment to making sure creative
ideas and products reach their full potential without being stolen, co-opted, or compromised.
Representing the Arts, Entertainment, and Media unions affiliated with DPE, DPE President
Almeida told the gathering that the number of jobs lost to digital theft in this one sector alone run to
the hundreds of thousands. While exact numbers are difficult to find, there can be no question about
the magnitude of the problem: billions of dollars in lost revenues for U.S. industries and millions of
lost U.S. jobs.
Earlier in the day, ICE Director Morton hosted a meeting of labor, industry, and others at the
National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in Arlington, Virginia. Again,
Almeida represented DPE and its affiliated unions. Morton detailed the work of his agency in
combating IP theft. The IPR Center uses the expertise of its member agencies to share information,
develop initiatives, conduct investigations, and coordinate enforcement.
On January 24, IPEC Victoria Espinel, accompanied by IPEC Senior Advisor Andrew Kline,
hosted a meeting of entertainment and media companies, rights holders, and labor unions. The
meeting focused on encouraging a voluntary collaboration among Internet service providers, search
engines, and third-party payment agents to combat online IP theft. The labor representatives included
AFTRA Director of Legislative Affairs and General Counsel Tom Carpenter, SAG National Director
of Government Relations and Policy Nancy Fox, DPE President Almeida, and Executive Director
SHAPE RESEARCH INTEGRITY GLOBALLY: APRIL 4, 2011 PftPI FORUM IN
PHILADELPHIA– On April 4, 2011, shape a global discussion of research integrity. Plan now to
attend “Exploring Best Practices to Protect Research Integrity” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
sponsored by Professionals for the Public Interest: Associations and Unions Defending Professional
Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, president of the American Public Health Association and chief
medical officer for the Cook County, Illinois Department of Public Health; and Philip J. Langlais, cofounder
and co-director of the National Advisory Panel on Research Integrity and professor of
psychology at Old Dominion University, are only two of the internationally known speakers who will
introduce the topic. Breakout sessions will focus on research integrity in science, public health, and
Langlais participated in 2007 and 2010 global conferences on research integrity that yielded the
Singapore statement on research integrity. Participants will use the statement as a starting point in the
breakout sessions. Langlais will report their conclusions about the statement and the best practices
they identify to the next global conference.
The PftPI Activities Subgroup, chaired by Vin O’Neill of IEEE-USA, has been working with
Craig Smith and Chris Goff of the American Federation of Teachers Higher Education Department to
develop the Forum. They have in turn consulted with Dr. Mark Frankel of
the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Susan Polan
of the American Public Health Association, and Dr. Kyle Snow of the
National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Forum also
drew immediate support from other PftPI organizations, including the
American Library Association and the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers.
The Forum will be the first outside Washington, DC. PftPI Forums in 2010 focused on patient
care (April 15), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and whistleblowers (May 11), and
the use of science in public policy (October 27).
For more information about the April 4 Forum, contact DPE Executive Director David Cohen,
202-638-0320 extension 113, email@example.com, or DPE Researcher and Representative Jennifer
Dorning, 202-638-0320 extension 114, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts in Minneapolis, where she served as the Executive Director. Her prior positions
included serving as the Director of Labor Relations for The Broadway League and the
Vice President of Operations for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She began her career at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, where her positions included Vice President and General Manager. For more about her background, click here.
her retirement to serve as the acting Executive Director through January 28. In that role, Carol also
represented Equity on the DPE Executive Committee. Carol Waaser brought to her 28 years at Equity
a deep love and knowledge of the theatre, the union, and the people it represents.
PftPI DEVELOPS FUTURE FORUMS, POSITION ON SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY –A meeting
of the PftPI Joint Working Group (JWG) on January 27, 2011 set priorities for developing PftPI
Forums. It also took up a White House memorandum to federal agencies about scientific integrity.
Beginning with possibilities that the Activities Subgroup, chaired by Vin O’Neill of IEEEUSA,
approved in a conference call on January 13, the JWG identified three topics for further
development: pressures on health care professionals around end-of-life directives; professional
integrity dilemmas for federal scientists and the journalists seeking access to them in the midst of
environmental crises like the April 2009 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the March 1989 Exxon
Valdez oil spill; and the use of research in setting education policy.
Raymond Garant of the American Chemical Society, chair of the Policy Subgroup, sought
input from the JWG for a draft statement. On December 17, 2010, John P. Holdren, Assistant to the
President for Science and Technology and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy,
released a memorandum to executive departments and agencies on scientific integrity. The
memorandum from Dr. Holdren carried out a directive from President Obama on March 9, 2009. The
draft statement that Garant presented responded to Holdren’s memorandum.
For more information about PftPI, which DPE began organizing in 2007, contact DPE Executive Director David Cohen, email@example.com, 202-638-0320 extension 113.
REACHING OUT TO PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION MIDWINTER MEETING – The American Library Association (ALA) held its Midwinter Meeting on January 7–11, 2011, in San Diego, CA. DPE Researcher and Representative Jennifer Dorning participated in the meeting as both a member of the ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) Salaries and Status of Library Workers committee and as Co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups (AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee).
The AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee discussed the upcoming 2011 ALA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, June 23–28, and began brainstorming themes for the 2012 Annual Meeting program.
The 2011 Joint Committee program, “Libraries Fight Back,” will feature Elissa Cadillic,
President, AFSCME Council 93, Local 1526 at the Boston Public Library; Amy Fry, Bowling Green
State University; and Jason Neely, Career and Business Resources Librarian at the Russell Library in
Middletown, CT. The program will focus on the inventive ways that library workers combat the
erroneous belief that their work is “non-essential” or “extra” and provide examples of how the Boston
Public Library fought proposed budget cuts. A special focus will be paid to the relationship between
union advocacy and library advocacy.
Discussion of a 2012 theme centered on providing ALA members with tools for fighting budget
cuts and the perception that libraries do not provide essential services. More extensive planning will
take place between the Midwinter and Annual ALA Meetings.
The AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee is comprised of six AFL-CIO appointees and six ALA appointees, ALA members with a clear interest in labor, including labor archivists. The Joint Committee is co-chaired by Jennifer Dorning and Mary Parker, Associate Director, MINITEX Library Information Network at the University of Minnesota’s Andersen Library.
In addition to its work with the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee, DPE works closely with the ALA-APA Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers (SSLW) and the SSLW working group subcommittees. Both the full committee and working groups meet during ALA Annual and Midwinter gatherings. Of prime importance to the SSLW committee at the 2011 Midwinter meeting was maximizing participation in the committee, especially on projects that highlight the salaries and status of library workers, specifically pay equity and return on investment.
The AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee strongly supported two labor resolutions that were introduced at the Midwinter meeting. The first resolution (CD 32) would have required the ALA Executive Director to provide neutral information to ALA members regarding labor disputes at hotels where ALA is holding events. This would have provided ALA conference attendees who do not want to cross picket lines with information about boycotted hotels before the attendees arrived. The resolution was endorsed by the: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered Round Table; Social Responsibility Round Table; Diversity Council; Intellectual Freedom Committee; Intellectual Freedom Round Table; and AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee. Unfortunately, CD 32 failed to pass at Council. The second resolution (CD 34) would have allowed ALA to cancel contracts for meeting space if a labor dispute arose. This resolution failed to garner enough support to reach Council for a vote.
Librarians and library workers are represented by DPE affiliates, including AFGE, AFSCME, AFT, IFPTE, OPEIU, and USW. For questions about the ALA Annual or Midwinter Meetings, please contact Jennifer Dorning, 202-638-0320 extension 114, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GAO RELEASES H-1B REPORT –On January 14, 2011, the Government Accountability Office
(GAO) released “H-1B Visa Program: Reforms are Needed to Minimize the Risks and Costs of
Current Program.” “The report responds to a congressional request that GAO assess the impact of the
current H-1B visa cap on the ability of domestic companies to develop modern technology and
perform innovative research and development while ensuring that U.S. workers are not unfairly
disadvantaged or displaced by H-1B visa holders.”
For more information or questions about the GAO report, please contact DPE Researcher and
Representative Jennifer Dorning, 202-638-0320 extension 114, email@example.com.
A new DPE Fact Sheet spotlights the costs of misclassifying employees as independent contractors. Misclassification can be used by employers to stop employees from organizing and bargaining collectively. It also allows employers to save as much as 30 percent of their payroll costs, giving them an unfair advantage over employers who obey the law.
To view all of the DPE Fact Sheets, visit our website. For further information, contact DPE Researcher and Representative Jennifer Dorning, (202) 638-0320, extension 114, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DPE SIGNS ON –DPE joined its affiliated unions AFGE and AFSCME, as well as many other organizations, in a joint letter of December 16, 2010 to Representative Darrell E. Issa (R-CA) asking that he renew his support for immediate passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. To read the letter, click here.
In January, DPE signed on to a campaign launched by the Infectious Diseases Society of America urging Congress to fund the development of 10 new antibiotics by 2020. For an explanation of the campaign, go here; to see the endorsing organizations, click Organizations-Endorsing-10-x-20.