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Collective Bargaining

wisconsin.jpgYou have probably heard the about the protests rocking the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison in the last couple of weeks over the recent budget repair bill.  In addition to requiring public workers to pay more for health insurance and their pension,  one main issue of contention is the governor’s plan to curtail the collective bargaining rights of a number of state workers.  What exactly does that mean for the state’s workers?  What are collective bargaining rights and how do unions use collective bargaining to negotiate terms of employment?
MVCC Library Books
Unions in America
Collective Bargaining as an Instrument of Social Change

More Information
US Dept of Labor: The Bargaining Table

FMCS: A Timeline of events in American Modern Labor


Labor Management Relations Glossary

Early Bird Taxstravaganza!

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If you’re like me and like to file your taxes early to get your refund sooner than later, check out these handy little links to websites you might need.  Note: We also have a number of paper forms, schedules, and guides available in the Library.

Federal Income Taxes

IRS Forms and Publications–Download your federal tax forms and guides here

Free File–IRS tax efiling software

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)–“This list helps taxpayers locate nearby volunteer sites that help low- to moderate-income (generally, $49,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country.” –From IRS.gov website    For the Illinois site listing, click here, or for more general information, click here.

 State (Illinois) Income Tax

Forms–Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) tax forms

Got Questions?–IDOR user help

 Etc.

Your 15-Point Tax Return ChecklistMSN Money

How to Take Advantage of 5 New Tax Law ChangesUS News and World Report

Summary of Federal Tax Law Changes for 2010-2017Turbo Tax

Drink and Think: Celebrate National Coffee Day

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As I sat down at my computer, coffee in hand, fellow MVCC librarian, Liz Garcia (who also had her coffee in hand), mentioned she heard today was National Coffee Day.  If you love this drink made from exquisite, tasty, dark-roasted beans as much as we do, why not use today as a good excuse to enjoy a nice, hot cup of joe while learning a little bit about coffee’s history, science, and/or impact on the world today.  Cheers!

Books at MVCC

Uncommon grounds : the history of coffee and how it transformed our world

Brewing justice : fair trade coffee, sustainability, and survival 

Web Resources

National Geographic Online Presents: Coffee
The International Coffee Organization: The Story of Coffee
NCA (National Coffee Association): All About Coffee
CoffeeScience.Org
NY Times Article: Coffee as a Health Drink? Studies Find Some Benefits

Learn Hard: Labor (Day) Resources

 Labor Day Parade

Ever wonder why we get the first Monday of September, of every year, off of school?  The occasion is Labor Day, which we’ll celebrate this coming September 6th, 2010.  It’s  more than a prelude to the end of summer or the start of the  football season.  Labor Day is a federal holiday “. . . dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” (US Dept. of Labor)

In honor of workers everywhere, learn about Labor Day and/or labor history this year!

Books at the MVCC Library

Death in the Haymarket : a story of Chicago, the first labor movement, and the bombing that divided gilded age America

Staley : the fight for a new American labor movement

Working in America : an eyewitness history 

Out to work : a history of wage-earning women in the United States 

The speeches and writings of Mother Jones 

The unmaking of the American working class

Web

The History of Labor Day
The Origins of Labor Day
A Brief History of the Labor Movement
The Labor Movement
Oral History Project in Labor History
Illinois Labor History Society
Encyclopedia of Chicago: Work Culture
US Labor and Industrial History World World Wide Web Audio Archive
Women Working 1870-1930

Summer Fun in the Sun

Nature
It’s summer!  The weather is ripe for camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and other types of outdoor fun.  Take some time to enjoy the natural resources (and otherwise) this state has to offer! Here are some websites to help you play smart!

Free Land Use Database

CLUI, Wendover

Recently, on a trip out west, I visited The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) at one of their locations in Wendover, Utah.  CLUI is a research/educational organization that investigates how humans interact with terrestrial space and attempt to understand the broader consequences of these interactions.  As they state on their website, “We believe that the manmade landscape is a cultural inscription, that can be read to better understand who we are, and what we are doing.”

CLUI maintains a Land Use Database, which is ” . . . a free public resource, designed to educate and inform the public about the function and form of the national landscape, a terrestrial system that has been altered to accommodate the complex demands of our society.”  The database focuses on the United States and several categories of land use including transportation, water, cultural, industrial, mining, waste, military, nuclear/radioactive, and research & development.  You can browse by state or category or submit a keyword query.

Education Student? Bookmark this Link!

If you are studying or working in the field of education, you should know about The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  This government entity’s website is chocked full of information–reports, data, and statistics– about everything from early childhood to post-secondary and adult education in the U.S. and other nations.

Want to view the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study? Take a gander at the 2009 Teachers’ Use of Educational Technology in U.S. Public Schools report. Check out these fast facts about MVCC.   Find these and many other types of information on NCES!

Need a Paper Topic? See SIRS

Sometimes we need a little bit of help when we are trying to settle on a research paper topic.  The MVCC Library provides access to SIRS Researcher, a database that not only contains thousands of articles on hot topic issues across varying disciplines, but also offers a way to explore different subjects.

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From the database homepage, you can peruse a plethora of “leading issues.” You can view the Top Ten issues, an A-Z list, see issue Groups sorted by discipline, or try a Visual Browse.

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Tax Prep Assistance

April 15th is right around the corner . . .  Do you need help preparing your income tax forms?  The IRS has a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program available nationwide.

“This list helps taxpayers locate nearby volunteer sites that help low- to moderate-income (generally, $49,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country.” –From IRS.gov website

For the Illinois site listing, click here, or for more general information, click here.

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