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Post-Dispatch unit members approve furlough agreement

United Media Guild members at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch approved an agreement with Lee Enterprises on the terms of two furlough weeks over the next three months. The UMG had two conference calls Thursday to explain the situation and held...

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Lee Enterprises offers no-layoff protection during furlough period

The United Media Guild reached a tentative agreement with Lee Enterprises on the parameters of the looming furlough at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This will be subject to membership approval -- and we'll have more about that process soon. The...

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NewsGuild pushes for public assistance for news media industry amid pandemic crisis

News-gathering operations are essential for a well-functioning society, especially in times of crisis. However, many newsrooms have been reduced to skeletal staffs and some have disappeared altogether. Declining advertising revenue, leveraged corporate consolidations, and asset stripping by vulture capitalists have...

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Lee Enterprises, Gannett request furloughs with newspaper revenues plunging amid pandemic

Lee Enterprises and Gannett are asking our members to agree to furloughs during the next three months with those companies suffering big financial losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lee is asking our members to accept two weeks of unpaid...

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UMG member in “Fight for 15” campaign is suffering from coronavirus

A United Media Guild member who works for the National Fast Food Workers Union has become critically ill with the coronavirus. The Go Fund Me account set up for this individual's crisis has been disabled. We will update this post...

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Springfield News-Leader newsroom votes unanimously to join the United Media Guild

The newsroom of the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader voted 13-0 on Friday to join the United Media Guild. Bargaining on a first contract there will begin shortly. We welcome this outstanding group of journalists to the UMG. They have continued doing...

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Lee Enterprises gets stronger with purchase of Warren Buffett’s chain, but Alden vultures lurk

From the United Media Guild’s perspective, a newspaper's best outcome is to find a buyer committed to supporting strong local journalism for the public good. But these days a newspaper is more likely to get caught up the consolation of...

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UMG to hold Local Meeting and awards ceremony Feb. 6

The United Media Guild will hold a Local Meeting and awards ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at Lombardo's Restaurant at the Drury Inn Union Station. The meeting is open to all members in good standing. Beverages will...

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