Our patience has run thin.
While negotiations with the company continue and progress is being made on some fronts, the company’s consistent resistence to move off its unworkable positions on other issues has convinced the Guild’s leadership that holding back on mobilization is no longer a sensible position.
So we’re moving forward. Expect to be hearing much more from us in the coming days and weeks about our efforts to communicate through new avenues our concerns about the company’s positions.
Specifically, this is why its time to mobilize:
–Wage freezes: The company has continued to push for a wage plan that caps the pay for up to one in three editorial workers despite Cox’s strong profitability
–Kangaroo court: The company has insisted on a first-of-its-kind arbitration provision unlike anything the International Newspaper Guild has ever seen. It requres dispute resolution through a process that is rigged to favor the company and makes our contract unenforcable.
–Phantom health care: Our hardworking part-timers deserve affordable coverage so they can work and live without fear that a sudden illness or injury could devastate them or their families.
–Benefits raiding: The company, so far, expects us to accept dramatic reductions in personal and sick time without any consideration for our real concerns that their system creates bad incentives that harm editorial workers and inhibit newsroom efficiency.
–Protections stripped: If the company has its way, some of our most loyal, high achieving and longest tenured workers would be left without contract rights that should apply to all of us.
–”Green” and mean: The hypocrisy of the company’s “pro-environment” talk while forcing employees to bear the burden and expense of increased company travel under a plan that puts more cars on the road — and more pollutants in the air — is truly appalling.
We will need many people to pitch in and help with our mobilzing efforts. Expect to be hearing from our mobilizing captains about roles you can plan in this contract push.