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All hat no cattle: Manchester Newspaper Guild, Union Leader Corp. continue negotiations, make no progress

Guild and Union Leader Corp. bargaining teams met today for the seventh time, with wide-ranging discussion on the Guild's proposal to change Article 9 regarding outside activities, and company proposals to eliminate wage steps (Article 2) and the 15% cap on inexperienced employees (Article 16) and to eliminate smoking on company property (currently an attachment).

 

--On outside activities, the Guild has proposed eliminating the restriction that members may not work for a competitor. The rationale is that givebacks our members have made have significantly hurt their financial situation, and they should be allowed to use their skills anywhere to supplement their income.

 

--The company wants to eliminate the step increases in wages detailed in Article 2, as well as the limit on inexperienced employees, contending they don't plan on hiring anyone in the future who would require being paid less than top scale due to their experience.

 

--The company said it wishes to eliminate smoking based on concerns that a purchaser of the building or a new landlord should operations move would make the current smoking language difficult to implement.

 

There was no movement on any of these issues.

 

It's obvious that discussion at the table is not moving the company thus far. The bargaining committee believes that it will take increased member mobilization to change that.

 

Please visit and share our website at www.wtf-ul.org and sign our email petition. Ask your family and friends to do the same. Visit and like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ManchesterNewsGuild and share our posts. And watch for upcoming mobilization opportunities.

 

Future bargaining sessions are scheduled Dec. 5, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. A membership meeting is being scheduled for Dec. 12. Time and place to be announced.

 

Local 31167 Bargaining Committee

ManchesterNewspaper Guild

TNG-CWA Local 31167

www.manchesternewsguild.org