|Vol XIl, Issue 29
||TNG/CWA Local 31041
||June 4, 2001
has demanded that the company resume posting a daytime security
guard in the lobby of the Journal Building.
restore security guard
Guards have been stationed in the lobby for years. But the company
ended regular guard duty there several weeks ago without notice
Underscoring issues of security in the building -- even during
the daytime -- was last Friday's theft of two bank deposit bags
of Journal receipts from a security guard on Fountain Street shortly
Raymond Limoges, who is an employee of D.B. Kelly, the security
company hired by the Journal, was carrying the bags containing
business receipts when a North Providence man allegedly grabbed
them and ran off.
The thief was caught moments later by an off-duty Providence police
officer, Jose Deschamps, who saw the man running through the underpass
between the Westin Hotel and the Rhode Island Convention Center.
In a letter written several days earlier to Journal Human Resources
Director Thomas McDonough, Guild Administrator Timothy F. Schick,
said the union believes
the company plans also to curtail evening guard postings in the
change has raised a number of concerns among employees regarding
their safety at work and the ability of the company to keep dangerous
intruders from entering the building," Schick wrote.
Guild demands that the company restore security to its previous
levels," Schick said, adding that the union seeks to discuss
at the negotiating table changes in security and their effects.
Guild bargaining unit members who have concerns about security
should contact Schick or other union officials. Call 421-9466,
or e-mail the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
postponed after NLRB lawyer
a second time, the National Labor Relations Board has postponed the
hearings into unfair labor practices charges brought by the government
against the Providence Journal in connection with its bargaining tactics.
The hearings are
now expected to begin sometime in July.
The schedule change
was announced last week after the lead NLRB lawyer, who will be prosecuting
the case against the newspaper, suffered a serious back injury.
in Providence had been scheduled for early April. The NLRB rescheduled
them to June 25 because it wanted to consider adding new charges brought
by the Guild and to prepare the overall case.
The latest postponement
comes as the Guild has launched a series of ads in newspapers around the
state, announcing the start of the hearings, in order to focus public
attention on the sessions.
The ads said: "Journal
on Trial June 25, Feds Say ProJo Unfair."
Readers were directed
to a new Guild web address, www.journalontrial.org,
which gives background of the NLRB case, and which announces that the
Guild will have daily coverage of the hearings when they do begin.
Because of the postponement,
the Guild has revised the wording of some of the ads, taking out the starting
date, and rescheduled publication of some of the other ads.
next membership meeting will be held Thursday, June 14, at noon.
The session will be at the Guild office, 270 Westminster St., Providence,
will be Naomi Ishisaka, who was among those who walked out during
the Seattle strike.
The Guild executive
and negotiating committees will update members on negotiations and
the unfair labor practice hearings.
And the drawing
will be held for the annual Guild scholarships.
require members to have paid dues in full within the past 30 days
in order to attend membership meetings).
The Guild again
is offering discount tickets to the Six Flags New England Amusement
Park near Springfield, Mass. Adult membership tickets can be purchased
for $20.50, a saving of more than $16, at the Guild office.
The Guild decided
to cover the hearings both because it knows that its members will be eager
to hear timely details of the case, and because the Journal itself has
avoided most coverage of its dispute with the Guild.
Other media have
found the continuing story newsworthy, as evidenced by stories they've
The Warwick Beacon
did a thorough piece focusing on Guild preparations for a possible readers'
boycott against the Journal.
The Dallas public
radio station broadcast a story on the struggle after two Guild members
went to the Belo Corp. stockholders' meeting in Dallas.
The Providence Phoenix
has continued to cover the story in depth, with recent pieces about the
stockholders' meeting, and whether close ties between the local National
Public Radio outlet and The Journal could diminish the station's coverage
of the labor dispute.
The ads alerting
the public to the NLRB case have run in the Providence Business News and
the Phoenix, and are to run in other papers.
In addition to posting
timely stories on the web, the Guild intends to publish daily accounts
in the Guild Leader, which will be distributed to union members in the
PAGE: This is a portion of the Guild's web site created for the union's
coverage of the upcoming NLRB hearings.
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