The NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia


June 19, 2015billrossInquirer

To clarify the note sent out by Human Resources VP Keith Black this morning, the tentative agreements reached yesterday on the contract were certainly the first sign of progress in months, but until the Company deals meaningfully with healthcare and changes its view on seniority, we still have a long way to go and only a few scheduled mediation  sessions to get it done. The contract expires June 27.


As members are part of the singular Health & Welfare fund co-managed by the Guild and the Company, with the Company’s current contribution and the additional $500,000 they’ve offered at the table, the shortfall of over $2 million will still leave members (and all main  unit members) with massive increases to their healthcare costs. As some of our members are among the lower-paid, the burden on them will be especially onerous.


We return to the bargaining table Monday at 8 a.m. with a sincere desire that the Company will be prepared to acknowledge the elephant in the room and deal with it.


In solidarity,


Howard Gensler

Bill Ross

Diane Mastrull

Cindy Burton

Melanie Burney

Regina Medina

Brian McCrone