Local 3425 (Louisville Free Public Library)
Executive Board Member, since February 2021
Organizing Committee Chair, since February 2021
Steward, since April 2015
President, February 2019- February 2021
Vice President, June 2018- February 2019
Chief Steward, November 2017- February 2019
As president of the library union here in Louisville, I have primarily focused on organizing through communication, transparency, and a commitment to social justice. Since 2017, I have been the face of union communications to our members and the public, writing everything from memes on the closed Facebook group, detailed emails during our recent budget crisis, and flyers for direct action. I have also crafted relationships with our local news media, providing interviews and press releases when needed.
We have specialized in rapid response under my leadership. When our ally Representative Attica Scott was arrested and accused of vandalizing the Main Library while demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, I quickly drafted and posted a statement with the Union Vice President refuting the claims. We were among the first to post a message of solidarity with the Breonna Taylor protests (something our library system never did), responded quickly to the library caving to conservative pressure and canceling a planned event with the Derby City Sisters, and led the way online and offline throughout the 2019 budget crisis. During that budget crisis we worked with our local DSA chapter to mobilize our patrons and workers to put pressure on our local council members, and we saved all the positions that were threatened with layoffs.
Now that I’ve found someone more capable than me for the president position, I’m still at the forefront of organizing for the union: we created a new Organizing Committee for me to chair and I’ve been running the union’s social media and organizing efforts since then.