THE GUILD REPORTER
The Commercial Appeal plans to cut nine jobs, adds insult to injury by denying job search training that has been routine in recent layoffs
The Commercial Appeal informed the Memphis Newspaper Guild this week of plans to cut nine Guild-covered workers by Dec. 20 and also says it plans to deny them the help in finding another job that has been routine in past layoffs.
Zipser retires as GR editor
Andy Zipser, editor of the Guild Reporter, today announced his retirement after 13-plus years in the position. The former reporter for Barron's, The Wall Street Journal and other daily and weekly newspapers said he is looking forward to . . . owning an RV campground. Somewhere. Condolences may be sent to him at his TNG-CWA email address for the next few weeks: azipser at cwa-union.org
In Light of ‘Occupy’ Arrests, New Group ‘To Monitor NYPD/Press Relations’
The New York Press Club announced on its website yesterday that it is forming “The Coalition for the First Amendment,” along with other local media groups -- including the Newspaper Guild of New York and the News Media Guild -- in order to monitor relations between the NYPD and the press. The announcement follows last week's midnight raid on Zuccotti Park, when nearly two dozen journalists were arrested.
Be a member, be a mentor! New project to help student journalists
CWA Canada has forged a unique partnership with a national student news service in an effort to add Unions 101 to the learning lineup for aspiring journalists. Katherine Lapointe, hired on a five-month contract as a membership and mentorship co-ordinator, is working with the Canadian University Press to sign up associate members for CWA Canada and to arrange mentorships between students and journalists in the union's locals.
Blacks, Latinos in Washington Post "Pushout"
Guild Accusation Harkens to Longstanding Retention Issue
"The Washington Post has pushed out -- or is trying to push out -- at least thirteen people through layoffs, coerced buyouts or outright dismissal on dubious charges," Fredrick Kunkle, co-chair of the Newspaper Guild unit at the Post, wrote in a memo posted on the Guild website Monday. "What’s more troubling is that more than half of those employees are African-Americans or Latinos."
New contract ratified
Buffalo Guild members overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with the Buffalo News today, 114-to-9. The turnout represents slightly more than half of all Guild members. The two-year agreement includes no changes in health insurance, as well as a cash bonus of $400 for part-timers and $800 for full-timers. “This was a long and arduous process for all of us,” said Guild President Henry Davis.
Company owes laid-off workers $600,000
The Albany Times Union owes 11 workers the company illegally laid off in 2009 about $600,000 in back wages, the NLRB has determined, although that figure is actually on the low side because it does not include pension accruals that are owed to the 11. Interest on the debt continues to compound daily. One worker who has not yet found a job is owed more than $105,000. Another is owed more than $98,000. A third is owed more than $80,000.
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