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PLAIN DEALER LAYOFFS PROTESTED| 02-28-09
PAY INCREASES | February 2009
Guild members will get pay increases effective March 1. $9 of wage/fringe package deferred to Health & Welfare Fund.
Rep unit's Bob George re-elected Local 1 president
Bob George of the Canton Repository unit was re-elected Local 1 president at the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild's Executive Board/Annual Membership meeting Tuesday night (Nov. 25) at the Guild office in Brooklyn Heights.
COMPANY PROPOSES THAT WE PAY HEALTH CARE
Yesterday Plain Dealer Guild members met with labor relations. It was our third meeting with them about layoffs and our push to get the company to provide health care coverage.
The company is now proposing WE pay for health care.
This amounts to a concession. You would not feel it now, but it could mean at some point we have to make up the difference through a future wage deferral. Even if it's only a buck or two, it's still your money.
Karen Long asked if they would share the burden. The company said no.
Our position remains the same. We are obligated of course to examine all proposals. The next step is for the health board trustees to look at it.
Meanwhile, mobilization efforts continue. Stay tuned.
Picketing protests PD's anti-union buyout offer
More than 100 people, most of them Guild members, joined together for informational picketing in front of The Plain Dealer on Thursday evening (10/30).
The orderly protesters carried signs as they marched back and forth in front of the building at 1801 Superior Ave. E.
The show of solidarity was to express our displeasure and raise public awareness about the PD's disparate treatment of union employees compared to its non-union and managerial employees.
The non-union employees were recently offered a buyout package that included generous health care coverage. Our people are only being offered severance pay — something that is already guaranteed in our contract in the event of a layoff. The PD has refused to offer ANY health care with the Guild buyout package.
The Guild feels this is both unfair and anti-union. Especially since in a buyout our members give up unemployment compensation and a contractual right to potential rehire.
These are difficult times for both the newspaper industry and the economy. But the PD has said it is still making a profit.
It makes no sense to get rid of news people who are integral to producing your product. If you are going to cut those jobs, at least do it in a non-discriminatory way.
The measure of a company is not how it treats its employees when times are good, but how it takes care of them when times are tough. The Plain Dealer has chosen to discriminate between its employees, and do no more than the minimum mandated by contract for its Guild employees. Since a buyout without health care is no incentive to leave, this is nothing more than a voluntary layoffs program. — Rollie Dreussi, Executive Secretary
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