The NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia

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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WE PROMISED A FOLLOW UP

February 17, 2021billrossInquirer

Dear Guild Members: Bill Ross and I just met with Lauren Kauffman from People & Culture and Tony Cuffie from Labor for a briefing on a performance management system that will roll out soon.  This program — intended, as the Company says, to help provide a more meaningful structure to achieve merit raises, advancement opportunities […]

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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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Yesterday’s Insurrection

January 7, 2021billrossInquirer

Dear Guild member, Yesterday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was a threat to democracy and an assault on press freedoms.   While a violent mob roamed the Capitol, reporters continued doing their jobs, despite knowing that they were likely targets of the attackers since silencing the free press has long been a strategy for fascists. […]

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Winter Storm, You Have Teladoc $0 Copay

December 16, 2020billrossInquirer0

Winter Storm Gail Reminder NewsGuild of Philadelphia, You have access to $0 Copay Teladoc. Remember to make sure you’ve set up your Teladoc account in case you need to talk to a Doctor during the storm. Stay safe and warm! Teladoc doctors are available 24/7 for you and your eligible dependents, in 20 minutes on average, throughout the […]

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Inquirer Holiday Time Off Clarification

November 19, 2020billrossInquirer

There have been a number of questions about some new time-off opportunities around Thanksgiving and Christmas in the newsroom that emanated from our recent contract bargaining. This is just a quick clarification: Because our newsroom staff has grown to include many people who are not from this immediate area, the Company has agreed to treat […]

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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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NewsGuild 2021 Officers

November 3, 2020billrossInquirer

          OFFICIAL NEWSGUILD ELECTION NOTICE      THE FOLLOWING CANDIDATES WERE ELECTED TO SERVE AS OFFICERS OF LOCAL 38010 FOR 2021. PRESIDENT                                           SECRETARY                           TREASURER DIANE MASTRULL                               DONNA STOKES                  ERIC CHURN    3 VICE PRESIDENTS                         MELANIE BURNEY     AMY ROSENBERG     CARL MELINE ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- INQUIRER/LOCAL EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICERS FOR 2021 UNIT CHAIRPERSON                               VICE […]

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2021 Guild Local Officer Nominations.

October 26, 2020billrossInquirer

President Mastrull opened the meeting with the following statement:  The tension and hurt feelings that have challenged The Inquirer/Daily News family these past several fraught months have not skipped the Guild’s Executive Board.  I read a quote yesterday about needing to see each other to heal in these times of isolation and despair. Until we […]

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