The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia

Company asks for Mediation; Guild agrees.

Dear Guild Members:   After four months of bargaining, the company remains immovable on the topic of eliminating more-senior employees in the newsrooms. It has also refused to offer more than $500,000 per year to help fix the Guild’s $2.5 million health-care problem and has rejected all of our proposed solutions, including diverting profit-sharing and [...]

Guild Bulletin-Extension Agreement to March 22

Guild members, The Guild bargaining committee & company bargaining committee agreed to extend our current collective bargaining agreement to March 22. We continue to bargain in good faith for successor agreements for the Main Unit & Philly.com The Guild Bargaining Committee

IGM negotiations continue. Contract extended until March 15th.

Guild members,   The Guild bargaining committee & company bargaining committee agreed to extend our current collective bargaining agreement to March 15.   We continue to bargain in good faith for successor agreements for the Main Unit & Philly.com   The Guild Bargaining Committee    

Flummoxed over flexibility

Dear Guild members:     As we take a bargaining pause until Wednesday, we wanted to use this opportunity to attempt to illuminate that which, by its nature, is a very shrouded process.   Negotiating a contract is a matter involving so few, yet it impacts so many. And for those of you who are [...]

A grim turn.

Guild members,   After 14 bargaining sessions, the company withdrew its entire proposed package today when the Guild bargaining committee refused to entertain any weakening of seniority in the layoff process.   The company says it is considering our economic proposals for Philly.com, which has a separate contract. They are not considering improvedPhilly.com contract work rules, such as adequate [...]

Company stance could result in biggest pay cut ever.

At our first bargaining session today, the day after owner Gerry Lenfest spoke withUSA Today about his determination to “save” our company (http://usat.ly/1uGlJ03), company negotiators said “It’s not economically feasible to talk about pay raises or contributions to health and welfare.”   The company has not raised its contribution to the Guild’s Health & Welfare Fund in 14 [...]

IGM to offer new round of buyouts.

In our pre-bargaining kick-off meeting with owner Gerry Lenfest and senior management, Mr. Lenfest said, “negotiations with the Guild are critical for sustainability at the company.”   Mr. Lenfest then announced that tomorrowmorning the company will offer a buyout to newsroom employees with 25 or more years of service and non-newsroom Guild employees with 35 years [...]

2015 Guild Officer nominations, and free movie tickets

Dear Guild Member, we have three announcements:   1) At last night’s Rep/Assembly-Gen Membership meeting, the following slate was nominated for the 2015 Inquirer/Daily News/Philly.com Guild Executive Board.   Howard Gensler – President Dan Rodgers – Secretary Eric Churn – Treasurer Cindy Burton – Vice President Melanie Burney – Vice President Maggie O’Brien – Vice President [...]

work hard, rest easy.

Members of the Newspaper Guild Executive Board had a productive meeting with new owner Gerry Lenfest this afternoon.   Lenfest hopes to have a new publisher in place within three months, he is committed to continuing two print publications and he is considering keeping philly.com as its own entity with its own identity. Lenfest also [...]

Katz Lenfest win auction of IGM with $88 million bid

Subject: GUILD BULLETIN: Lewis Katz and Gerry Lenfest win auction for IGM at $88 million The judge-ordered auction for Interstate General Media took place this morning at the offices of Dechert LLP in the Cira Center. After about 90 minutes of bidding, the winners were Lewis Katz and Gerry Lenfest at $88 million. That’s $11 [...]