UM Strike and MINITEX ILL services

September 4, 2007

To:      MINITEX Participating Libraries

From:  Bill DeJohn, Director

Re:      Strike at University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus and MINITEX Services

The University announced that on August 24, 2007, three AFSCME locals delivered a notice of intent to strike to the University. The strike will begin Wednesday, September 5, 2007. This situation is being covered by the media and reports are appearing in the Twin Cities newspapers. Please pass this on to appropriate staff.

This potential situation could affect some of the MINITEX staff, who are AFSCME – represented staff – the Document Delivery and Delivery areas would be the most affected. There could be delays in some services provided by MINITEX during this period. 

We will continue to provide MINITEX services during this period and we have taken steps within the office to make staff adjustments and re-assignments in order to provide those services. The majority of staff is being re-directed to assisting the Document Delivery and Delivery units in order to process interlibrary loan requests. 

We will send regular notices to our Delivery Contact list should courier service be affected. At this time, we don’t anticipate courier services will be curtailed – we anticipate that courier drivers will continue to pick up and deliver bins. 

If you have questions or need to talk with someone here, please don’t hesitate to call the following phone numbers:
            General Number – 612-624-4002
           Bill DeJohn – 612-624-2839
           Becky Ringwelski – 612-624-0375               
           Kathy Drozd – 612-624-9553
           Fred Finch – 612-624-3374
           Mary Parker – 612-624-1024
           Terry Beseman – 612-624-0322

Please leave voice mail messages if we aren’t at our desk. Along with other MINITEX staff, we will be involved in assisting in ensuring that services are continued during this period.

Bill DeJohn, Director
MINITEX Library Information Network
University of Minnesota
15 Andersen Library
222 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0439
Ph. 612.624.2839
Fax 612.624.4508

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