The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia http://www.local-10.com Local 38010 / Bill Ross, Executive Director Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:39:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.7 BARGAINING HAS BEGUN http://www.local-10.com/2017/01/bargaining-has-begun/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bargaining-has-begun Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:39:19 +0000 http://www.local-10.com/?p=723

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Guild leadership met with the Company this afternoon in a cordial first bargaining session that was more about establishing a framework for future talks than discussing actual detailed proposals.

The Guild did present the Company with some specific objectives, including a request for a wage increase.

Both sides expressed a desire for a swift and respectful process to get to a new contract that positions Philadelphia Media Network to carry out its business objectives while compensating employees well.

To get there, however, involves solving a major issue  — funding our health care.

We have agreed to begin meeting every Monday, at a minimum, to work toward a mutually acceptable contract.

We will keep you informed every step of the way.

In solidarity,   

Howard Gensler

Diane Mastrull

Bill Ross

 

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PA Cluster Realignment http://www.local-10.com/2017/01/pa-cluster-realignment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pa-cluster-realignment Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:09:49 +0000 http://www.local-10.com/?p=709

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Guild members,

 

I received the following email from Ed Condra this afternoon. There are no numbers attached, and they are currently looking for volunteers. We have not received any notice at this time of pending layoffs. I will keep you posted as we receive
information from the employer. Lousy way to start the new year, as negotiations will begin end of February on a wage reopener. 

 

In Unity,

 

Bill Ross

Executive Director 

TNG-CWA Local 38010

Office 215 928-0118

Cell     267 240-8540

bross@local-10.com

www.local-10.com

 

 

——– Original message ——–

From: Edward Condra <econdra@21st-centurymedia.com>

Date: 1/4/17 4:48 PM (GMT-05:00)

To: Bill Ross <bross@local-10.com>

Subject: Fwd: PA Cluster Realignment

 

Here is a copy of the notice that went out.

 

 

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Edward Condra <econdra@21st-centurymedia.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 4:47 PM
Subject: PA Cluster Realignment
To: All PA Employees <allpaemployees@21st-centurymedia.com>

To all PA Cluster Employees:

As part of our ongoing realignment efforts, we are offering a Voluntary Buyout Program. The deadline to apply for the program for those who may be interested is noon on Tuesday, January 10. 

Literature containing details on the plan will be available by emailing Dan German in H.R. at
dgerman@digitalfirstmedia.com 

If you have additional questions please contact Dan directly at (215-867-2016).

Thank you

 

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Guild requests early bargaining with PMN http://www.local-10.com/2016/12/guild-requests-early-bargaining-with-pmn/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=guild-requests-early-bargaining-with-pmn Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:39:34 +0000 http://www.local-10.com/?p=707

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Guild Executive Director, Bill Ross has sent the company a formal request to begin bargaining early in 2017.

 

Although this contract ends at the beginning of July, the Guild’s Health & Welfare Fund, which has been subsidizing the company’s insufficient healthcare contribution for years, will run out of money in May or June, depending on when certain
bills hit. Our Aetna policy rolls over June 1 and we are expecting a new quote from Aetna in March.

 

If our present plan is to undergo any changes, the Guild and the Company must give our insurer and our members 60 days notice.

 

So . . . We have until March to know how much money the Health & Welfare fund, co-managed by the Guild AND the Company, has to spend on our members’ healthcare. Without a substantial increase in the Company’s contribution, we will not be
able to afford our present insurance coverage and the coverage will stop before the new contract begins. This is not only unacceptable, but illegal.

 

As of now, we believe that the
Company contribution needs to increase by  about $2 million. (Without this money, families can expect their coverage to increase by $200 per week.)

 

The Guild has made it abundantly clear to the company for years that this day of reckoning was coming and we have also made it clear that we have no plans to ask our members to pay more for their healthcare coverage or take a poorer plan
with less insurance because the Company refuses to pay for the present coverage.

 

Since our last raise, the Guild has spent more than $10 million in Health & Welfare Fund surplus to make up for the Company paying a lower per person rate than it did in 2000. This spring the fund runs out of money. The ball is in their
court. They need to come to the table in January and they need to come with money for healthcare.

 

In solidarity,

Howard Gensler, President

Bill Ross, Executive Director

Diane Mastrull, PMN Unit Chairperson

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Guild-CWA scholarships http://www.local-10.com/2016/09/guild-cwa-scholarships/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=guild-cwa-scholarships Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:25:55 +0000 http://www.local-10.com/?p=705

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Guild Members,

As a member of The Newspaper Guild/CWA, you and your family members are eligible for the following scholarships:

David S. Barr Scholarship – deadline 1/31/17.  $1000 high school students, $1500 college students.   Details on www.newsguild.org.  “Resources” on right hand side. Click on David Barr Scholarship.  Download application.

PA AFL-CIO Scholarship Essay Contest – deadline 1/31/17.  Details on www.paaflcio.org. Go down to “Community Services”.  Scroll down to Scholarship Essay Contest & printout the application.

Union Plus Scholarship Program – deadline 1/31/17.  Details on www.unionplus.org/scholarships.

Vincent & Patricia Maisano Labor Scholarship Award – deadline 3/31/17.  Details on www.district.2-13.cwa-union.org. Search scholarships.

Joseph Beirne Foundation – deadline 4/29/17.  (15) $3000 partial scholarships available.  Details on www.cwa-union.org.  Search scholarships.

If you have any questions, please contact me at this email or call the Guild office at 215-928-0118.

Good Luck!

Rita Dooling

Office Manager

Newspaper Guild

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12 News Guild bargaining units ratify three-year contract with major newspaper chain http://www.local-10.com/2016/08/12-news-guild-bargaining-units-ratify-three-year-contract-with-major-newspaper-chain/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=12-news-guild-bargaining-units-ratify-three-year-contract-with-major-newspaper-chain Fri, 12 Aug 2016 22:59:59 +0000 http://www.local-10.com/?p=702

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August 12, 2016

12 News Guild bargaining units ratify three-year contract with major newspaper chain


The last of 12 Guild bargaining units nationwide ratified a tentative agreement with Digital First Media Thursday night, culminating a seven-month
campaign for the first pay increase in years.

Under the new contract, workers will receive an across-the-board raise of 3 percent in the first year.  In years two and three, leaders of the
12 bargaining units will bargain wage re-openers jointly with DFM management.

Some employees hadn’t seen a raise in as much as ten years.

The national framework for future negotiations represents a critical advance for Guild members at all 12 newspapers, campaign leaders said.

The three-year contract will expire July 31, 2019.

The historic agreement between the Guild and DFM was reached after three days of negotiations in July, and after months of coordinated actions
by Guild members at 12 newspapers nationwide.

The joint negotiations for the first wage re-opener will begin in February 2017 – just a little more than six months from now.

The joint bargaining framework will include workers at The Denver Post, The Mercury News, East Bay Times, Monterey Herald, St. Paul Pioneer Press,
Macomb Daily and The Daily Tribune, Kingston Daily Freeman, Pottstown Mercury, Norristown Times-Herald, The Delaware County Times, and The Trentonian.

The DFM national “#NewsMatters” campaign was financed by a special grant from the Communications Workers of America.  That grant, coupled with
exceptional rank-and-file leadership, made the nationwide coordination possible.

Campaign leaders expressed thanks to rank-and-file members for their support and participation, and to the more than 11,000 Guild, CWA and community
supporters who signed our petition and took part in this campaign.

#NEWSMATTERS 

 

 

In Unity,

 

Bill Ross

Executive Director 

TNG-CWA Local 38010

Office 215 928-0118

Cell     267 240-8540

bross@local-10.com

www.local-10.com

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Norristown Times Herald, and Pottstown Mercury members ratify 3 year agreements with Digital First Media.  http://www.local-10.com/2016/08/norristown-times-herald-and-pottstown-mercury-members-ratify-3-year-agreements-with-digital-first-media/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=norristown-times-herald-and-pottstown-mercury-members-ratify-3-year-agreements-with-digital-first-media Fri, 12 Aug 2016 01:23:59 +0000 http://www.local-10.com/?p=700

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Guild members,

Tonight our members at the Pottstown Mercury, and Norristown Times Herald unanimously ratified 3 year contracts with Digital First Media. 

 

Congratulations, on your unity.

#newsmatters

 

 

Bill Ross

Executive Director 

TNG-CWA Local 38010

Office 215 928-0118

Cell     267 240-8540

bross@local-10.com

www.local-10.com

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Trentonian members ratify 3 year agreement with Digital First Media.  http://www.local-10.com/2016/08/trentonian-members-ratify-3-year-agreement-with-digital-first-media/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=trentonian-members-ratify-3-year-agreement-with-digital-first-media Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:31:10 +0000 http://www.local-10.com/?p=696

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Guild members,

Last night our members at the Trentonian ratified the three year contract with Digital First Media. 

Norristown & Pottstown are voting tonight
beginning at 5:15 at The Pottstown Mercury.

The Denver Post newsroom & non-newsroom employees, along with Detroit, St. Paul,  Kingston, Northern California, and The Delco Times, have ratified their agreements.  

Congratulations on being united, the membership made all the difference in our 7 month global campaign against Alden Global Capital. 

#newsmatters                                                                                                             

In Unity,

Bill Ross

Executive Director 

TNG-CWA Local 38010

Office 215 928-0118

Cell     267 240-8540

bross@local-10.com

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Delaware County Times members ratify 3  year contract with Digital First Media 19-0 http://www.local-10.com/2016/08/delaware-county-times-members-ratify-3-year-contract-with-digital-first-media-19-0/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=delaware-county-times-members-ratify-3-year-contract-with-digital-first-media-19-0 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:44:11 +0000 http://www.local-10.com/?p=694

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Guild members,

 

Last night our members at the Delaware County Times unanimously ratified the three year contract with Digital First Media. 

 

Trentonian is voting tonight.  Norristown & Pottstown are voting tomorrow

 

The Denver Post newsroom & non-newsroom employees, along with Detroit & Kingston have ratified their agreements.  Northern California votes today.

 

Congratulations on being united, the membership made all the difference in our 7 month global campaign against Alden Global Capital. 

#newsmatters                                                                                                             

 

 

In Unity,

Bill Ross

Executive Director 

TNG-CWA Local 38010

Office 215 928-0118

Cell     267 240-8540

bross@local-10.com

www.local-10.com

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Pottstown ratification meeting set August 11, 5:15 pm http://www.local-10.com/2016/08/pottstown-ratification-meeting-set-august-11-515-pm/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pottstown-ratification-meeting-set-august-11-515-pm Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:32:52 +0000 http://www.local-10.com/?p=689

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To: Guild Members at the Pottstown Mercury News:

 

We have a tentative 3-year contract with DFM.  Read below to learn specifics and vote on Thursday, August 11, 2016.

GUILD, DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA REACH 3-YEAR TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ON CONTRACTS COVERING 800+ WORKERS IN 12 BARGAINING UNITS

 

If ratified, 3 percent pay increase would take effect at the Pottstown Mercury News on July 31, 2016.

 

A NewsGuild committee representing more than 800 workers in 12 bargaining units nationwide, including the Delaware County Times, reached a historic tentative agreement with Digital First Media on July 27, 2016 on a three-year contract that
includes the first pay increase for Guild-represented DFM workers in several years.

 

If ratified before August 15, the 3 percent pay increase would take effect on July 31 – the same effective date for other bargaining units.  The three-year contract, which would have a common expiration date of July 31, 2019, for all 12
bargaining units, provides for wage re-openers in years two and three, and those re-openers will be negotiated jointly with DFM by representatives of all 12 bargaining units.

 

Each of the 12 bargaining units intends to schedule ratification votes before August 15.

 

The ratification vote for Guild members at the Pottstown Mercury News  will be at 5:15 PM on Thursday, August 11, 2016 in the Media Lab Conference Room at the Pottstown Mercury News Building.

 

If any bargaining unit rejects the tentative agreement, negotiations will resume in that location as if the joint talks had not occurred, but the rejection will not affect other bargaining units that ratify the settlement.  Each group that
ratifies the agreement will have the same contract expiration date and will participate in the joint structure for negotiating the wage re-openers; groups that reject the agreement will proceed with individual bargaining.

 

Here are the key terms of the agreement for workers at the Pottstown Mercury News:

 

WAGES: Pay increase of 3 percent effective July 31, 2016; wage re-openers in years two and three.

 

HEALTH CARE: Modify Article 20 – New Section 20.1 – Medical premium cost share shall change from 60-40 to 65-35 effective the first of the month following ratification for the first contract year.  Thereafter, the benefits and the
Publisher’s share of premium costs shall be no less than those offered to management and non-represented employees.

 

BUMPING RIGHTS/REDUCTION IN FORCE: Modify Article 15.2 (a) – Security as follows: “The employer shall give to the Guild written notice of its intention to effectuate such reduction at least thirty (30) days before the effective date
thereof.  The Employer shall make every reasonable effort to retain employees. These efforts shall include transferring employees with longer seniority to a group containing a position which the employee previously held”.

 

JURISDICTION/OUTSOURCING:  Article 1 – Recognition – New Section 1.4 (a):

 

a).  Company shall have the right to subcontract or transfer work covered by this Agreement which is described as editorial or adverting page production, i.e. page design, layout, pagination, make-up and copy editing to any other operating
unit or company (owned by Company or its parent) or to an unrelated third party provided that the total loss of work as a result of this shall not be more than 2 FTE’s.

 

b).  Company shall have the right to subcontract or transfer classified, inbound and or outbound telemarketing provided that the total loss of work as a result of this shall not be more than 1 FTE.

 

c).  Further provided that in the event the subcontracting or transfer decision directly results in the layoff of any employee covered by this Agreement, the Company shall provide the Guild notice of its decision.  The parties agree to
meet to negotiate over the effects of the decision to subcontract or transfer work but in no event, will the failure to reach an agreement over the effects in any way delay the implementation of the subcontracting or transfer of work.  

 

The company shall provide 30 days notice before any outsourcing.  

 

For any employee whose work is eliminated as a result of outsourcing as negotiated in this agreement only, the Employer shall offer him or her employment in any open positions for which they are qualified in the Company’s sole discretion,
and such determination shall not be arbitrary.  The employee may choose to accept the position or take severance pay as set forth herein.  This clause shall not apply if CBA already provides for outsourcing.

 

For properties that have not previously negotiated severance for the outsourcing of the work identified in its CBA, anyone who is laid off because of outsourcing as part of the joint agreement, the Company will enhance the CBA’s current
severance formula by a minimum of two additional weeks, and will negotiate a medical lump sum payment for employees on a Company medical plan at the time of an outsourcing event.

 

In the event that any outsourced work returns to the Company that outsourced it, the Guild will have representation rights regarding those employees who will perform such work.  Guild retains jurisdiction over any remaining work that is
not outsourced.

 

No editorial outsourcing shall occur on or before December 31, 2016.

 

To view our current contract online, and the contract provisions referenced above, please click on this link: 

www.local-10.com

 

Please contact me at bross@local-10.com with any questions, and thank you so much for your support and participation in our national DFM campaign.

 

Bill Ross
Executive Director  TNG-CWA Local 38010

(215) 928-0118 office
(215) 928-9177 fax
(267) 240-8540 cell
bross@local-10.com

 

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Trentonian ratification meeting set August 10, 5:15 pm http://www.local-10.com/2016/08/trentonian-ratification-meeting-set-august-1o-515-pm/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=trentonian-ratification-meeting-set-august-1o-515-pm Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:30:49 +0000 http://www.local-10.com/?p=687

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To: Guild Members at The Trentonian:

 

We have a tentative 3-year contract with DFM.  Read below to learn specifics and vote on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

GUILD, DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA REACH 3-YEAR TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ON CONTRACTS COVERING 800+ WORKERS IN 12 BARGAINING UNITS

 

If ratified, 3 percent pay increase would take effect at The Trentonian on July 31, 2016.

 

A NewsGuild committee representing more than 800 workers in 12 bargaining units nationwide, including the Delaware County Times, reached a historic tentative agreement with Digital First Media on July 27, 2016 on a three-year contract that
includes the first pay increase for Guild-represented DFM workers in several years.

 

If ratified before August 15, the 3 percent pay increase would take effect on July 31 – the same effective date for other bargaining units.  The three-year contract, which would have a common expiration date of July 31, 2019, for all 12
bargaining units, provides for wage re-openers in years two and three, and those re-openers will be negotiated jointly with DFM by representatives of all 12 bargaining units.

 

Each of the 12 bargaining units intends to schedule ratification votes before August 15.

 

The ratification vote for Guild members at The Trentonian will be at 5:15 PM on Wednesday, August 10th in the Conference Room at The Trentonian Building.

 

If any bargaining unit rejects the tentative agreement, negotiations will resume in that location as if the joint talks had not occurred, but the rejection will not affect other bargaining units that ratify the settlement.  Each group that
ratifies the agreement will have the same contract expiration date and will participate in the joint structure for negotiating the wage re-openers; groups that reject the agreement will proceed with individual bargaining.

 

Here are the key terms of the agreement for workers at The Trentonian:

 

WAGES: Pay increase of 3 percent effective July 31, 2016; wage re-openers in years two and three.

 

Delete Section 7.1 (c) on a going forward basis after ratification.

 

HEALTH CARE: Article 10 –  New Section 10.1 – Medical premium cost share shall change from 60-40 to 65-35 effective the first of the month following ratification for the first contract year.  Thereafter, the benefits and the Publisher’s
share of premium costs shall be no less than those offered to management and non-represented employees.

 

BUMPING RIGHTS/REDUCTION IN FORCE: Modify Article 11.4 – Seniority as follows: “The employer shall give to the Guild written notice of its intention to effectuate such reduction at least thirty (30) days before the effective date
thereof.  The Employer shall make every reasonable effort to retain employees. These efforts shall include transferring employees with longer seniority to a group containing a position which the employee previously held”.

 

JURISDICTION/OUTSOURCING:  Article 1 – Recognition – New Section 1.1- Add a fifth paragraph as follows:

 

a).  Company shall have the right to subcontract or transfer work covered by this Agreement which is described as editorial or adverting page production, i.e. page design, layout, pagination, make-up and copy editing to any other operating
unit or company (owned by Company or its parent) or to an unrelated third party provided that the total loss of work as a result of this shall not be more than 1 FTE.

 

b).  Company shall have the right to subcontract or transfer classified, inbound and or outbound telemarketing provided that the total loss of work as a result of this shall not be more than 1 FTE.

 

c).  Further provided that in the event the subcontracting or transfer decision directly results in the layoff of any employee covered by this Agreement, the Company shall provide the Guild notice of its decision.  The parties agree to
meet to negotiate over the effects of the decision to subcontract or transfer work but in no event, will the failure to reach an agreement over the effects in any way delay the implementation of the subcontracting or transfer of work.  

 

The company shall provide 30 days notice before any outsourcing.  

 

For any employee whose work is eliminated as a result of outsourcing as negotiated in this agreement only, the Employer shall offer him or her employment in any open positions for which they are qualified in the Company’s sole discretion,
and such determination shall not be arbitrary.  The employee may choose to accept the position or take severance pay as set forth herein.  This clause shall not apply if CBA already provides for outsourcing.

 

For properties that have not previously negotiated severance for the outsourcing of the work identified in its CBA, anyone who is laid off because of outsourcing as part of the joint agreement, the Company will enhance the CBA’s current
severance formula by a minimum of two additional weeks, and will negotiate a medical lump sum payment for employees on a Company medical plan at the time of an outsourcing event.

 

In the event that any outsourced work returns to the Company that outsourced it, the Guild will have representation rights regarding those employees who will perform such work.  Guild retains jurisdiction over any remaining work that is
not outsourced.

 

No editorial outsourcing shall occur on or before December 31, 2016.

 

To view our current contract online, and the contract provisions referenced above, please click on this link: 

www.local-10.com

 

Please contact me at bross@local-10.com with any questions, and thank you so much for your support and participation in our national DFM campaign.

 

Bill Ross
Executive Director  TNG-CWA Local 38010

(215) 928-0118 office

(215) 928-9177 fax

(267) 240-8540 cell

bross@local-10.com

 

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