The NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia


January 21, 2019billrossGuild News, Inquirer

Guild Sisters and Brothers:

It’s time for another gathering in the concourse of 801 Market St., WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, at 2 p.m., when we will provide details of a substantial action taken by the Guild regarding your compensation.

Those at SPP and Cherry Hill, you will receive a written account of this serious step in our effort to expose inequitable and disingenuous company conduct toward employees.

We have been heartened and energized by your extraordinary UNIFIED support and the many offers of help in our campaign for a raise.

For those who are new to this process, it is important to understand your collective bargaining rights.

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act guarantees employees “the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection…”

Section 8 (a) (1) of the Act makes it an unfair labor practice for an employer “TO INTERFERE WITH, RESTRAIN, OR COERCE EMPLOYEES IN THE EXERCISE OF THE RIGHTS guaranteed in Section 7.”

In other words, YOU CANNOT GET IN TROUBLE OR PENALIZED IN ANY WAY FOR PARTICIPATING IN ANY OF OUR UNION MEETINGS OR OTHER ACTIONS. If any of you encounter any kind of interference from managers with your rights outlined above, please contact one of us.

In the words of the man whose advocacy we celebrate today:

“Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.”

In solidarity,

Maggie O’Brien

Melanie Burney

John Robinson

Amy Rosenberg

Donna Stokes

Jonathan Tannewald

Tricia Nadolny

Jonathan Lai

Eric Churn

Diane Mastrull –  President

Bill Ross – Executive Director