Articles about "Newspaper Guild"

The Chicago Sun Times may reinstate some of its photographers who were laid off in May 2013.  (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Some Sun-Times photographers could return

Robert Feder An interim agreement between the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Newspaper Guild "could lead to the rehiring of some of the photographers who were laid off by the newspaper earlier this year," Robert Feder reports. The Sun-Times laid off its entire photo staff this past May. Feder reports the Sun-Times management "agreed to bring back a number of the 28 photographers who were fired."
In exchange for the agreement on the photographers, the union is expected to drop its unfair labor relations charge with the National Labor Relations Board.
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On Oct. 31, 2008, the Washington Post building is seen in Washington. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Washington Post, Guild reach tentative agreement

Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild News Co-Chair Fredrick Kunkle says in a Facebook post that The Washington Post and its union members "have reached tentative agreement on a new contract." All Guild members will get a raise under the proposed agreement.

Among the deal points: Departing employees will still get two weeks' pay for each year they've worked at the Post, and a guarantee that laid-off employees can either return to work "when economic conditions improve —or, as is more often the case, negotiate a fair buyout that allows a person time to recover after permanently giving up his or her job."

The Guild thanks "Post’s management—and particularly its new owner, Jeffrey Bezos--for reaching a fair agreement."

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Washington Post Guild: ‘The Post would like to fire you’

The Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild says a Washington Post proposal for a new agreement with the union "would give managers the power to fire anyone for any reason" and also inserts a "poison pill that would make it even harder for the union to collect dues at the end of the next contract."

Its proposal says management "reserves the right to terminate an employee for attendance and performance problems" without a written warning and a suspension as is currently required, "in appropriate cases."

Another proposal, the bulletin says, would "eliminate important layoff provisions." (more...)
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Rally planned for laid-off Sun-Times photographers

The Chicago News Guild will picket the Chicago Sun-Times building Thursday morning, the Guild said in a press release.

The Sun-Times laid off its photo staff last week and announced plans to train reporters in iPhone photography.

The event "will make a statement to the company that people care about quality journalism," the release reads.

Guild members clad in black ("for mourning," they explained) attempted Monday to deliver a petition to Timothy Knight, the CEO of Wrapports, LLC, which owns the Sun-Times.

Previously: John White on Sun-Times layoffs: ‘It was as if they pushed a button and deleted a whole culture’ | John White: Photojournalists are ‘lamplighters to the world’ | A talk with Rob Hart, the photographer behind "Laid off from the Sun-Times"

Star Tribune Guild approves contract that includes raises

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Star Tribune Guild members approved a contract Wednesday that guarantees them 2 percent raises this year and in 2015. The deal, Olivia LaVecchia reports, was "one of the better Guild contracts negotiated nationally in the past year," Guild official Janet Moore wrote in an email. (more...)

Philly Guild, owners find room to negotiate

The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia and Interstate General Media "agreed to begin early bargaining on a new contract," Guild Executive Director Bill Ross and Acting President Howard Gensler tell members in an email. The agreement came during "a productive meeting" Thursday morning.

IGM owns the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Its owners had demanded $8 million in concessions from the union or would begin liquidating the company, the Guild said last Friday. Guild President Dan Gross resigned Wednesday after he said he was taking a buyout from the Daily News.

If the parties can't come to an agreement or if the Guild's members don't approve an agreement, the Guild says, "our existing contract stays in effect until it expires in October."

Daniel Denvir published an account of the news organizations' struggles' in Philadelphia City Paper Thursday, looking at "questionable editorial choices" and some newsroom sniping about Inquirer Editor Bill Marimow.

Former Sun columnist Mike Littwin, according to sources, infuriated Marimow by writing a union memo critical of management. Littwin came to Marimow’s office and told him, “Bill, it isn’t personal.” Marimow opened a copy of The Godfather and pointed out the passage where Michael Corleone says, “Don’t let anybody kid you. It’s all personal.” Littwin was transferred soon thereafter; he filed a grievance and won a settlement, sources say.
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Guild: Owners say they may liquidate or sell Philly papers this month

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Interstate General Media says it will "liquidate or sell" assets including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News and next week "if it does not reach tentative agreements with all of its unions, including the Newspaper Guild," the Guild's Dan Gross and Bill Ross write in a blog post.

Federal law requires companies with more than 100 employees to give 60 calendar days' notice before undertaking mass layoffs; a check of Pennsylvania's WARN database shows no such notices from IGM in November or December. (more...)

New York Times, Guild reach deal for new contract

The New York Times Company and the Newspaper Guild of New York have reached a tentative deal for a newsroom contract, ending a prolonged dispute. Guild President Bill O'Meara sends along a statement:
The Guild and The Times have reached conceptual agreement on a new five-year contract. The tentative compromise reached late today with the aid of a mediator is subject to ratification by Guild members. At the request of Mediator Martin Scheinman, details will not be released until language is finalized. The Guild Negotiating Committee has voted to support the settlement, which preserves a Defined Benefit Pension, protects the jointly trusteed medical plan, and includes increases in compensation. We will provide more information in coming days, and a ratification meeting will be scheduled in the near future.
Earlier this month the Times Co. and the Guild agreed to bring their dispute to a mediator, Martin Scheinman. (more...)

Philadelphia newspaper owners demand immediate concessions from union

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The new owners of the Philadelphia newspapers are demanding immediate concessions from the Guild that represents employees of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News and, union officials Dan Gross and Bill Ross write in a blog post.

They say Gerry Lenfest and Lewis Katz, members of the group of local businessmen who bought the news organizations in April, met with Guild reps and:
spoke of the dire financial situation facing the company, and reiterated management’s recent request that the Guild bargain a concessionary contract now, despite the fact that our contract with the employer is in effect until October 2013.
In a letter to employees last month, IGM CEO Bob Hall told employees revenue at the company was down $16 million from the year before. It told the Guild the same day it would seek $28 million in cuts. (more...)
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New York Times management says it wants unified contract, like Guild

A day after the Newspaper Guild of New York told members that New York Times management "dropped a bomb" by proposing separate contracts for print and digital employees, management is sending its own message: We'd prefer a single, unified contract if the Guild will agree to our terms.

In a note sent Tuesday, the Guild said "management’s dual-contract demand apparently is a legal maneuver to preserve its option to declare the talks at 'impasse' – a rarely used draconian move that would enable management to impose its 'last, best' contract offer on members."

Steve Myers explains:
Until now, both sides have been working toward a single contract to replace the two agreements that expired in March 2011. The process has been complicated because the digital contract is less generous than the print one, and the company wants the union to agree to terms closer to that contract. About 1,000 employees are covered by the print contract; 100 by the digital one.
Here's the letter that the company sent Wednesday afternoon to its employees: (more...)
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