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Dear Guild Members: As we have told you in recent weeks, an unexpected part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was a lifeline for multiemployer pension plans throughout the United States facing insolvency, including the one for Guild retirees. In short, our pension plan, once expected to run out of money by 2026, […]

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Inquirer Buyout and Pension Update

May 13, 2021billrossInquirer

Hi folks. This is intended to address a few questions that keep coming up about the buyout and to relay what Bill Ross and I heard this morning at the pension trustees meeting. THE BUYOUT Unlike other buyouts, this one is offering more flexibility in terms of when anyone who takes the voluntary separation package […]

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Covid 19 vaccine appointments available!

April 15, 2021billrossInquirer

Guild members, Now that everyone is eligible, we are happy to pass along two local clinics offering vaccines starting next week.  The first clinic is sponsored by UFCW Local 1776.  If asked when registering you are a member of TNG-CWA Local 38010. Date:                   April 21, 2021 Time:                  3 to 8 PM Location:            3031 […]

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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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March 22, 2021billrossInquirer

Dear Guild Members:  We start this first full week of spring with something that should delight you: The 3% pay raise for full-time Guild members (prorated for part-timers) negotiated in the current contract is supposed to make its first appearance in this week’s paycheck. So, please make sure you check that it, indeed, has shown […]

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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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March 8, 2021billrossInquirer

Happy International Women’s Day! A potentially amazing thing MIGHT have happened over the weekend with the Senate passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: It just MIGHT save the Guild pension. (And for members hired more recently after the Company stopped contributing to the pension fund and instead offered 401(k) matches, […]

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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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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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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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