Mediation nets contract at Labor Tribune

Nov 22, 2011 by

After nearly one year of bargaining, followed by three months of federal mediation and a strike authorization vote by Guild members, a new contract has been reached and ratified by Labor Tribune employees.

 

The contract runs three years from the date of signing and includes an increase to the pension plan, an increase in some advertising commission rates and settled several disputes that arose during the previous agreement.

 

An eleventh hour mediation session that included St. Louis Labor Council President Bob Soutier and St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council President Jeff Aboussie, achieved the breakthrough needed to push this lengthy stalemate to a successful conclusion.  Federal Mediator Max Aud also played a key role in the final agreement and the Guild is appreciative of all of their efforts.  Following the bargaining session, the new contract was unanimously accepted by the membership, all of whom were in attendance at the mediation.

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Mediation nets agreement for Pekin workers

Nov 22, 2011 by

 

 

Two Pekin Daily Times grievances appealed to arbitration were recently taken before a federal mediator (a step that was bargained into our contract with that paper) and – at least verbally – have been settled.

 

One issue concerned revenue sharing for staff photographs resold by the company and the other issue involved so-called “house accounts” in the advertising department.

 

Having the mediation step in the grievance and arbitration process allowed the parties to address these issues in a timely manner, at a lesser cost than is typical for an arbitration.  The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service provided the use of one of their mediators at their Peoria office.  Both Mary Casey and Shannon Duffy – along with Guild Sector Representative Jay Schmitz- attended.  Also there for the Guild was Pekin Unit Chair Sharon Harris and Vice Chair Amy Kamp.  Daily Times Publisher Gregg Ratliff, along with a Gatehouse attorney out of Chicago – Mike Paull – represented the paper.

 

Paull has sent a draft document to the Guild, which is currently reviewing it to ensure that it reflects the verbal understanding reached at the November 14 meeting.

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