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Philly's guild negotiates? deal

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Drip, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    It could've easily been worse.

    http://jimromenesko.com/2013/01/31/philadelphia-newspaper-guild-agrees-to-2-5-pay-cut/
     
  2. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Hell, why even have a guild if that's the best you can do?
     
  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    You can't even be serious, dools.

    A one-year no-layoff pledge, a two-year pledge of keeping product, and only a 2 percent pay cut is a very good deal in this climate. It gives people 12 months to figure out their next step.
     
  4. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Agree to disagree. A guild that's worth a darn does not brook a pay cut and two weeks furlough, and doesn't all but assure a blood-spattered 2014.
     
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    I don't think you have been paying enough attention to Guild-related matters of the past five years. This is an insanely better deal than almost any other that has been hammered out in that time.
     
  6. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    The guild renegotiated its deal that was was scheduled to run out in October. The pay cut isn't going over well but the agreement not lay anyone off was pleasant news.
     
  7. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    NYT guild got a pay raise, no furloughs, improvements to work conditions.
     
  8. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Two different beasts. NYT isn't injeopardy of closing. The Daily News is losing money - big time. The Inky isn't growing.
     
  9. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Active Member

    Would you rather work at a shop with a weak guild or at one that promises not to lay you off in tough economic times and then weasels out of the promise when times tough? I think what is happening at the Newhouse papers is a strong argument for a guild contract. And the next time the CEO says you don't need collective bargaining ask if he has a contract.
     
  10. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Good point.
     
  11. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    I'm not disagreeing that in principle you should have a guild. But not one that will give in to a pay cut and furloughs.
     
  12. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    As opposed to a blood-splattered 2013?

    Folks with mortgages, car payments, etc., will enjoy not having to play the roulette wheel for 12 months. Kicking the can down the road is something our country specializes in (see: Capitol Hill).
     
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