The NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia

Membership meeting/ratification vote

July 14, 2010billrossGuild News

We have scheduled a membership meeting/ratification vote from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 20 in the Large Auditorium at the Community College of Philadelphia, located on 17th Street between Callowhill and Spring Garden streets.

On Thursday we issued a bulletin about the tentative agreement on economics, and we have since nailed down additional contract language on bringing staff into the Guild, as well as eliminating the probationary system in advertising and establishing a labor/management committee which will explore ways to keep our health and welfare costs from rising during the life of the contract.

All new language to the collective bargaining agreement will be posted Monday morning on the Guild’s web site as well as distributed at Tuesday’s ratification meeting. Guild leadership will answer any member questions from the floor at the meeting.

We encourage all members to attend, but if you cannot attend you may vote by e-mail. Members who attend Tuesday’s meeting will sign in upon entering and then vote by secret ballot, but those who vote by e-mail will be required to identify themselves by full name and explain their reason for not attending the meeting in an e-mail to Election Chair Rita Dooling at E-mail ballots should not be sent until Monday when the contract language has been posted.

In solidarity,
Dan Gross, President
Howard Gensler, Treasurer
Diane Mastrull, Unit Chair,
Bill Ross, Executive Director, and the Executive Board of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia/CWA Local 38010