The NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia

CITY WAGE TAX HIT

Dear Guild Members: Well, the thrill of a pay raise was short-lived for some. Yes, Guild members received a 3% pay raise last Friday but some actually received a paycheck that was SMALLER than before the raise. Why? Because the Company’s sale of SPP went through, making 801 Market the only official worksite and subjecting […]

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PENSION UPDATE

Dear Guild members: We will end this week the way we began it: with an update on where things stand with what we believe might be a full rescue of the Guild pension on its way. THE BACKGROUND: As Monday’s bulletin said, the $1.9 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress and signed by President Biden […]

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AN HOUR OF HYPOCRISY

February 19, 2021billrossGuild News, Inquirer

Dear Guild members: Just a few moments into this morning’s Inquirer “town hall,” the 2021 Strategic Plan slide appeared on the screen that included this entry on culture: “Embrace diverse perspectives throughout our organization and in the work we produce. Create an equitable and inclusive culture that thrives on open communication and collaboration with each other […]

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YOUR PAY EQUITY QUESTIONS

February 16, 2021billrossGuild News, Inquirer

Dear Guild Members: Many of you have sent questions about the publisher’s announcement this afternoon that it intends to acknowledge what the Guild has been saying — and backing up with the company’s own data — for years: Pay disparity exists at The Inquirer. We had asked our consultant to update the results of a […]

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THE TEMPLE AUDIT; NO TIME TO WASTE

February 12, 2021billrossGuild News, Inquirer, Media

Dear Guild members,  The Temple audit of The Inquirer documents and quantifies what has been known and, sadly, largely ignored for decades by newsroom leaders, most of them now gone.  The NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia hopes the audit — and its painful accounting of inequities that have harmed employees of color and rendered The Inquirer irrelevant […]

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LAYOFF PLANS CANCELED!!

November 10, 2020billrossGuild News, Inquirer, Media

Dear Friends: Stop and let out a collective exhale: The layoffs that were planned for this week will not be happening. The Company just held a brief meeting with the two of us to say it “doesn’t make sense” to proceed with job eliminations at this time. Given the election results, the Company said it […]

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YOU WERE HEARD!!

Change. It is something that our members at The Inquirer have been asked to do over and over and over again in recent years to help the Company survive as the news industry faced one obstacle after another, one new competitor after another keen on stealing our subscribers and advertisers. What didn’t change, however, is […]

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WE HEAR OUR MEMBERS OF COLOR; NOW THE INQUIRER MUST

To be heard. It’s a fundamental element of feeling respected and valued. It is what all those protesters walking, chanting, and dropping to a knee in the streets of Philadelphia and its suburbs since Saturday are seeking. For people of color to be heard, for their anguish, fears, anger, and unequal treatment to be recognized […]

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BUYOUTS AND POSSIBLE LAYOFFS

Dear Friends: We’re coming to you with news that no doubt will be nerve-wracking to some while, to others, a welcome opportunity. The Company tomorrow will be extending a buyout offer to all 55 employees in our advertising department. If at least 20 do not voluntarily apply for it, layoffs in advertising will follow. The […]

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EGGXIT

January 15, 2020billrossGuild News, Inquirer

SUBJECT LINE: EGGXIT Dear Friends, This month a year ago, the Guild lost trust in Inquirer Publisher Terry Egger after he misled us in what we thought were sincere talks about a mid-contract pay raise. Turns out our talks were just stalling tactics until the Company reached a contract deal with the Teamsters. Then came […]

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