TO AIR UNFAIR
The more than 20
unfair labor practice charges leveled against The Providence Journal
will get an airing next week - at the newspaper's front door.
The Guild will
hold a series of small, vigil-like protests outside the newspaper at
noon to note the issuance of the charges that the Journal has violated
federal labor laws in its dealings with the union.
While some other
newspapers and radio stations have noted the Dec. 20 accusations, the
Journal itself downplayed the story with a short piece inside the business
section on the Saturday before Christmas.
will be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for a half hour, beginning
Wednesday will be
skipped because of the membership meeting that day.
The unfair labor
practice complaints followed a year of investigation by the Boston office
of the National Labor Relations Board into charges by the Guild that
the paper has failed to bargain fairly with the union.
The Guild contends
- and NLRB lawyers agree - that the company improperly changed working
conditions during bargaining in such critical areas as medical insurance,
parking, holidays and vacations.
Further, the government
said the company wrongly refused Guild requests for information needed
to bargain on such subjects as pensions.
And the NLRB also
said the company tried to intimidate union supporters.
are scheduled in April.
The demonstrations are designed to be small, but informative. All are welcome.
TNG/CWA Local 31041
270 Westmister St., Providence, Rhode Island 02903
401-421-9466 | Fax: 401-421-9495