|Vol XI, No. 80
||TNG/CWA Local 31041
||Dec. 28, 2000
ASK THE GUILD
THE UNITED WAY!
So far, of a
Guild bargaining unit of 500 workers, 19 people have contributed
to the unions United Way drive.
We can do better!
A second round
of donor forms was distributed by hand yesterday and today, a backup
to the forms that were mailed to union members homes two weeks
If you havent
filled out the earlier one, please use the new one, and get it back
to Felice Freyer in the newsroom. Shell forward it to the
The Guild undertook its first-ever drive after the last membership
meeting voted to ask members to donate through or on behalf of the
Guild, rather than through the traditional company campaign.
some members were annoyed with the companys Dear Fellow
Employee approach, especially in a year in which the newspaper
has made it harder for Guild members to give, by failing to grant
a raise, part of the overall Journal-Belo effort to crush the union.
But now having
undertaken this step, its important for the union to try to
make this work, and ensure that the United Way is helped by our
campaign, that we add new donors and more funds to this important
There are several
methods to donate:
- Write a check.
- Ask the United
Way to bill you regularly.
- Have the
United Way bill your credit card.
is a union drive, you cannot elect payroll deduction).
The amount that
you give is not as important as the gift itself. If you can afford
$5, $10 or $15, any amount is appreciated.
United Way helps the entire southeastern New England community,
most notably, the children and women and men who are most in need.
the companys economic war against us, we are still better
off than the majority of Rhode Islanders who dont have a union.
As negotiations go
into their second year, pension and medical benefits remain among the
key unresolved issues between The Providence Newspaper Guild and The Providence
Differences also remain
on pay for Prepublishing Department workers and over the operation of
the incentive program for advertising sales representatives.
These are among the
items highlighted in a side-by-side breakdown
of contract topics that accompanies todays Guild Leader. (Click
here to read it.)
The negotiation summary
shows the differences between the union and company positions, as well
as those points on which the two sides have agreed since negotiations
began Oct. 28, 1999. The most recent session was July 11.
The comparison also
shows areas in which the Guild has modified its proposal in essence
moving closer to the companys proposals since the membership
voted to reject the companys offer last February.
In contrast, the company
has not made any changes.
Last week, the National
Labor Relations Board issued a complaint, saying that the Journal has
violated federal labor laws in about 20 counts, many of which charge that
the company has failed to bargain in good faith.
The bargaining summary
published today is part of an ongoing effort to keep members informed
of the details of the talks.
In coming weeks, we
will go into some of the issues in more detail.
Guild members are encouraged to ask questions.
Please ask any member
of the executive board; call Tim Schick, Guild administrator at 421-9466;
e-mail the union at firstname.lastname@example.org;
and call or write Brian Jones, one of the editors of the Guild Leader
at extension 7360; phone 338-2071; e-mail email@example.com.
Another forum is the
unions listserv which is an Internet forum, in
which union issues are aired on an e-mail network open only to Guild members.
The only catch is that you need a home computer, as we dont use
newspaper computers for this. To sign up, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members are also encouraged
to come to the quarterly membership meeting Wednesday, Jan. 17, at noon,
at the Guild offices on the second floor of 270 Westminster St., Providence.
appears that helping Howard Sutton succeed in winning the Scrooge
of the Year Award was the easy part.
more difficult task proved to be delivering the award to his 4th-floor
will remember that the Journal publisher overwhelmingly tromped
other Rhode Island CEOs in balloting conducted by Jobs With Justice.
when representatives from Jobs With Justice and other unions attempted
to present Sutton with his award on Friday morning, Dec. 22, they
were turned away at the door by Journal security monitor Jack Simeone,
along with Tom McDonough, human resources director and Patricia
Welker, newsroom administrator. The group was told that only Journal
employees could go up to the 4th Floor.
newsroom staffer Karen Davis offered to deliver the award, which
consisted of a stocking filled with coal, a framed Scrooge of the
Year certificate and a copy of the book, A Christmas Carol.
All of the items were displayed in an open box.
Davis stepped on the elevator, alone, Simeone hurried in after her,
but held the doors open to continue a back-and-forth with Jobs With
Justice reps. To simplify things, Davis stepped out to wait for
the next elevator.
Simeone's elevator began its ascent, he was heard talking into a
two-way radio to tell his brawny, specially-hired security team
(which were dispersed throughout the building): "I need you
to go up to the 4th floor. Karen Davis is on her way up with it!''
went back into the newsroom, where a co-worker suggested she use
the back elevator. She and Guild member Ged Carbone attempted to
do that, but found that that elevator, mysteriously, would not open
on the first floor.
pair climbed the stairs to the 3rd floor, then hopped the now-working
elevator to the 4th. They immediately noticed a security monitor
posted at the stairwell door. Shortly afterwards Simeone, another
security operative and McDonough also showed up.
Simeone lurking in the background, Sutton's secretary informed the
Guild members that the publisher was not in his office. At that
point, Davis and Carbone decided to leave the award with her, for
delivery upon his return.
Davis and Carbone left the 4th floor, Simeone and his security team
were last seen talking in a huddle on the 4th floor.
- who is no stranger to surveillance - likened the experience to
the one she faced in January 1999, when she and then-intern Alisha
Pina (both are black) were singled out as security threats at Governor
Almond's public inauguration ceremony.
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TNG/CWA Local 31041
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