Tuesday, March 3, 2009

3/3 bargaining update

This session's update includes a lot of new information. We're aware of members' concerns over managers performing bargaining unit work, and Guild rep Vicki Di Paolo addressed those concerns, and a grievance was filed against the company over the practice.

Additionally, tentative agreements were reached on the following issues:

- Employees who work more than 20 hours a week are eligible for prorated benefits after one year.

- An increase in the night differential from $3.50 to $3.60.

- Non-employee Guild representatives have been allowed access to the Daily News offices.

Lastly, the company made a surprising proposal to the team.

In a departure from previous negotiations, the company also proposed wage reductions for Guild employees if non-Guild employees suffer that fate.

There's been no word on an official response yet, but obviously the proposal probably isn't welcome news for many employees.

The next bargaining session is March 16. If you have questions or comments, please contact Guild rep Vicki Di Paolo at 562.259.9430


  1. Aren't most of the people who would benefit from a night differential moving to West Covina where there are no differentials?

  2. Your readers might find a link to the blog site of the Indianapolis Newspaper Guild useful: http://einkling.wordpress.com/

    Gannett is really playing hardball this time around.