The NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia

Layoffs Delayed

October 22, 2020billrossInquirer

Dear Friends: Without any explanation, the Company has informed me and Bill Ross that “we are pushing the layoffs back to the week of 11/9.” The skeptics among us will think: “Hmmm. Is that because we’re heading into a very busy news cycle for the next few weeks and need every journalist? Then they’ll cut […]

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October 19, 2020billrossInquirer

Dear Guild Members: Bill Ross and I met with the Company this morning to once again urge against any layoffs in the newsroom.We asserted that 500 layoffs out at the plant are devastating enough and that our “premium on journalism” underscores why we cannot afford to lose anyone in the newsroom at this time. We […]

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October 9, 2020billrossInquirer

Dear friends: It is with great frustration and a heavy heart that we learn today that some 500 of our colleagues at The Inquirer will lose their jobs as a result of the Company’s decision to end printing operations by the end of the year and send that work to Gannett in Cherry Hill. These […]

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October 6, 2020billrossInquirer

Guild Members, Please join us at one of two General Membership meeting sessions (or both if you like!) on Oct. 26, scheduled for noon and 2 p.m., at which nominations for officers are encouraged and a variety of business and issues will be addressed, and any questions answered. It is that time of year for […]

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Buyout/Layoff Update

October 2, 2020billrossInquirer

Dear colleagues: The Company met with me and Bill Ross this morning to update us on the reception to the latest expanded buyout offer and the process that comes next. Three people have come forward to accept the latest offer, thus saving the jobs of three of eight targeted layoffs. We owe each of them […]

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September 22, 2020billrossInquirer

Dear Guild members: The Company informed Bill Ross and me yesterday that it intended to proceed with 8 layoffs in the Inquirer newsroom as a result of not reaching the desired 12 takers of the buyout offered in July. We urged the Company to reconsider such a demoralizing, destructive, unimaginative course of action. Forcing 8 […]

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September 15, 2020billrossInquirer

Dear Guild Members: Recognizing just how tough the challenge for working parents of young children now is because of the pandemic and its impact on schools and child-care facilities, The New York Times Co. has started offering parent employees a stipend as much as $600 a week for childcare and in-person tutoring. So far, The […]

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September 3, 2020billrossInquirer

Colleagues: As our own financials suggest, our industry is in a fight for its life. As a regional vice president for the NewsGuild-CWA, I am working with journalists across the country to come up with ways to help save this essential craft. We need your help by taking a moment to answer this survey to […]

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August 31, 2020billrossInquirer

Dear Colleagues: The “school” year is upon us and some of you have reached out to me with questions about company policies and assistance programs regarding what truly is an unimaginable lift for many of you having to both do your job and teach your children, among other things. I am not a parent. Consequently, […]

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More Inquirer buyout updates. 8-14-2020

August 14, 2020billrossInquirer

The Company has responded to our question on how many managers/exempts have applied for the buyout: 2, one from the newsroom and one from IT. As we said yesterday, the Company has said it “will continue to assess the needs of the organization over the next few weeks.” It continues to make hires. It is […]

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