Many Dayton Newspaper Guild members have been asking — understandably — whether the company has given us a proposal or offered possible bargaining dates. As most of you know, the company had asked us in June to return to the table and promised a proposal in July.
We still don’t have a proposal, but the company did contact us on Aug. 5 and requested that we start bargaining during the first week of September. The company also indicated that we might see a proposal in advance.
When we know more, we’ll inform the membership. But as we said in June, cautious optimism, laced with some genuine skepticism, is in order. We have not seen a proposal yet. The company still insists on violating its work rules. We’re not sure how much has really changed.
The one thing that hasn’t changed is our mission. We will continue to mobilize and to reach out the community until we have obtained what we have been fighting for during the past two decades: a fair contract.